Gillingham's Martin Allen takes advice from former AC Milan, Real Madrid, Roma and Juventus boss Fabio Capello
Martin Allen will be drawing
on some advice from former England boss Fabio Capello in a bid to
keep a clear head.
The Gills are in a battle with Port
Vale for the top spot in League 2 but Allen has no interest in
getting caught up in the hype.
He recently found some notes made
during a talk held by Capello (pictured) last year for Pro
Licence coaches and Allen is falling back on some of those words of
Allen said: "There will be a school
of thought saying you should know about how many points you have
got and how many points you need. I just can’t see the point.
"The best way – don’t read the
newspapers, don’t read the fans’ forums, don’t listen to it all on
the television. Don’t read and don’t do anything, just keep doing
your own thing.
"Out of my briefcase a couple of
days ago I found my notes from listening to Fabio Capello about
eight months ago. Whatever you may think of him, he has been one of
the most successful managers and he is a top, top manager.
"He said that day, ‘get leaders
into your team, they drive forward your ideas’ and I thought to
myself, it’s better to think these type of things than getting
involved in all the outside stuff. We have got leaders in our
"He then said ‘you have decisions
to make, only from your own mind, not from the chairman, not from
the supporters and not from the media, only you and your staff.’ If
I started to go left, right and centre and waivered all over the
place, then could you imagine what it would be like for me?
"It is important to stay single-minded, trust the people I have
around me and keep working with our players. It’s the only thing I
can do anything about."
Picture: Barry Goodwin
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