Author Archives: Martin Perry

Cricket Psychology: Jonathan Trott – Strength In Vulnerability

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It’s the first Ashes test at Brisbane and Jonathan Trott is being peppered by short pitched hostile, aggressive Australian bowling. There is also no shortage of sledging and verbal intimidation. Trott has founded his England career on a rock-solid temperament and mental clarity. But out in the cauldron of Brisbane, he appears to be desperately short of confidence and self-belief…. Read more »

Football Psychology: Paolo Di Canio – Sacked!

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It’s just after the final whistle at The Hawthorns. Sunderland have suffered a defeat at the hands of West Bromwich Albion. And manager Paolo Di Canio is on the pitch. He stands in front of the away end, offering an array of hand gestures. It turns out that he is fielding the fans wrath and anger. Which is a laudable… Read more »

Football Psychology: Roy Hodgson – Us v Them!

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It’s the aftermath of the World Cup Qualifier in the Ukraine, and England boss Roy Hodgson is responding to crticism from Gary Lineker amongst others. The former England striker pronounced the display awful, and Roy Hodgson is disappointed by Lineker’s comments. With FA Head Greg Dyke declaring that no one seriously expects England to win the World Cup in Brazil,… Read more »

Football Psychology: Giovanni Trapatonni – The Reputation!

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So finally Giovanni Trapatonni’s tenure as the Republic Of Ireland manager is brought to a close. Failure to qualify for the 2014 World Cup was enough to bring Dr Reality into town. Whilst this is the right decision, it is one that has come too late. Trapatonni’s reign should have ended after a poor display at Euro 2012, that showed… Read more »

Cricket Psychology: Simon Kerrigan – Exclusion!

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It was a dream come true. One week playing in the second division of the County Championship. The next making his England test debut in the final Ashes encounter at The Oval. A dream come true, until he was handed the ball by Alistair Cook mid-way through the first afternoon. Then nerves got the better of Simon Kerrigan. Unable to… Read more »

Football Psychology: Luis Suarez – Agitation!

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He represents their best hope of making the progression into a top four team. His goals, work-rate and general ability to get under the oppositions skin, make him Liverpool’s prize asset. But Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez is currently training alone. He is loved by the fans, and respected by his team-mates. His club has stood by him, when he has… Read more »

Cricket Psychology: James Anderson – Visualization!

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With Australia going for lunch on the final day at Trent Bridge, in touching distance of their challenging target, England re-grouped in the home dressing-room, under-pressure. But knowing that it only took one ball to break the tough Australian resistance. It’s the kind of scenario that top players relish. The game appears to be drifiting away from you. Under the… Read more »

Football Psychology: Ian Holloway – Shell Shocked!

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It’s post-match after Crystal Palace’s heavy home defeat to Fulham. And manager Ian Holloway looks shell-shocked. Famous for his ebullience and unbridled enthusiasm, the Bristolian looks as if he is running on empty. So it’s no surprise, a few days later that he leaves his job at Selhurst Park. His last words to the press, make interesting viewing. Ollie admits… Read more »

Tennis Psychology: Andy Murray – Hunger!

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So Andy Murray breaks one of the toughest stop situations in sport, and becomes the first British player to win the Gentleman’s Singles at The All England Club in seventy-seven years. In the ensuing day or two since Murray’s triumph, it’s seems that everyone wants a piece of him. His management company will be able to secure him deals that… Read more »

Tennis Psychology: Sabine Lisicky – Overwhelm!

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It’s early in the second set of Sabine Lisicky’s Wimbledon singles final with Marion Bartoli. And the German girl is almost in tears. Her game is falling apart before our eyes. Her ball toss is all over the place. She is constantly choosing the wrong shot options. All her hopes, dreams and possibilities are crumbling in front of her. And… Read more »