Premier League newcomers Crystal Palace have used a hypnotist to help them get off to a flying start to the season against Tottenham.
Former WBC super-middleweight boxing champion Glenn Catley, aged 41, is the man who’s been getting the Eagles to look into his eyes, not around his eyes, into the eyes.
The qualified hypnotherapist has been making regular visits to the club throughout pre-season training. He was brought in by Palace boss Ian Holloway after the pair met while out walking.
Glenn said: “I underwent hypnotherapy for 10 years in my boxing career. I wasn’t the most talented of fighters but I believe it helped me get to the top.
“When I retired eight years ago, I took a course in clinical psychotherapy, hypnosis and sports psychology in Bristol.
“Two months ago I was out walking the dog and bumped into Ian, a good friend from way back in the west country where we both live. After talking to him about what I did, he invited me to meet with his players.
“He told me they have all the talent but psychologically they were letting a few demons creep in.
“Now I see them for a few days every week, including the first team squad. We work on a one-to-one basis and part of the therapy is to hypnotise them, putting them in a trance. It is a completely natural state, nothing like a stage show.
“Basically, I can get into their sub-conscious mind and talk about behavioural patterns and it seems to relax them. I think it helps to eliminate many psychological problems.”
Palace did not respond to enquiries from The Independent to find out how the sessions were going.