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Top sports psychologist: Blackburn boss Allardyce something special

Top sports psychologist Jamil Qureshi admits he was impressed by Blackburn Rovers boss Sam Allardyce's approach to their battle against the drop.

Qureshi told the Sunday Mirror: "It was brilliant watching Sam work.

"The picture I had of him was a big bloke angrily stomping up and down by the dugout barking orders, but it couldn't be further from the truth.

"He will clamp down on a player when he needs to do, but he is far more likely to put an arm around a player and have a quiet word.

"He's very much a psychologist himself.

"He realises and understands the power of rapport with his players to get them on his side and he does it with humour not anger."

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