'Doing it all myself' – Allardyce reveals key deal he is making a priority at Everton
Sam Allardyce has revealed that he is already preparing to sign a sports psychologist, something he believes Everton should have had from the start.
In an interview with The Times, the new Toffees boss shared that he is searching for a sports psychologist and believes it will address the fears and insecurities currently in the squad.
“I would actually like to try and find a sports psychologist to back that up because I think that will be very important,” Allardyce said.
“I haven’t got the psychologist yet but I will be [getting one], I am doing it all myself at the minute.”
The manager continued highlighting the benefits of a positive mind over a “clouded mind” and that he believes some of the results Everton have had this season stems from their negative attitudes.
Allardyce directly said that a “lack of confidence” had been seen at the club due to the poor results, and pinpointed that players like Gylfi Sigurdsson, Davy Klaassen and Sandro Ramírez would all benefit from a psychologist.
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The 63-year-old manager has been using psychologists since 1999 and actually hired one for Crystal Palace last season.
Crystal Palace had only won two of their last 12 leagues game before Allardyce hired Lee Richardson as a sports psychologist for the club.
After Richardson’s arrival, Crystal Palace won four out of their next seven games.
Allardyce has already guided Everton away from the relegation zone and into the top-half of the table despite only being in charge for one game.
The manager’s first game in charge was against Huddersfield Town on Saturday and was won 2-0 thanks to goals from Sigurdsson and Dominic Calvert-Lewin.
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