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Gills boss Martin Allen on a pre-season diet

Gills manager Martin Allen has vowed to shed a few pounds as a show of solidarity with his players.

Martin Allen
Martin Allen

The team has been told they must get in shape before the start of the season next month, so Allen has put himself on a diet too.

He has got to lose six pounds – but won’t reveal his target weight.

He said: "The weight loss has been painful. Carrots, kiwis, apricots, yogurts, cereals and cereal bars. But I will get there.

"I did a 15-mile bike ride on Sunday and a three-mile run and completed the triathlon by soaking in the bath for half-an-hour before the golf came on the TV and then I was glued to the sofa.

"The players have done it and I will be training again in the week and we will see how it goes but I will get it."

He added: "It’s good though. If I ask the players to do it I should do it as well.

"It’s been good fun and I have actually enjoyed it. It’s part of my commitment to the players."

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