Gael Givet Tells Hilarious Story Of Sam Allardyce's Motivation Tactics Going Horribly Wrong
Gael Givet has told a hilarious story of how Sam Allardyce attempt to motivate his players went horribly wrong.
The former Blackburn defender has told L'Equipe that his manager showed clips from movies '300' and 'Gladiator' to motivate his side for a game against Manchester United in 2010.
However, his players clearly didn't get the message and ended up losing the game 7-1.
In L'Equipe today, Gael Givet says Sam Allardyce tried to fire Blackburn's players up for a game against Man United in 2010 by showing them clips from Gladiator and 300. "We were all like, 'Ahhhhh!' [mimics soldier with sword]. After 30 minutes, we were 3-0 down. We lost 7-1."
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Givet was an unused substitute in the game but he remembers the incident fondly.
"We were all like, 'Ahhhhh!' [mimics soldier with sword]. After 30 minutes, we were 3-0 down. We lost 7-1."
Magnifique interview de Gaël Givet :sob: pic.twitter.com/XnFgifes8H
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United forward Dimitar Berbatov scored five against Rovers while Ji-Sung Park and Nani also chipped in with goals.
Chris Samba scored a late consolation so perhaps he took the message of the fearsome warriors to heart.
It was no shame losing to a United side that went on to win the Premier League but the humiliating defeat is a stark contrast to the warriors in the movie.
Using 300 as motivation seems quite strange considering the titular characters all fall to defeat at the end of the movie.
The heroes die at the end of both those films. All 300 of them, in one instance.
- Steven Chicken (@StevenChicken) November 24, 2019
Allardyce went on to leave Blackburn a few weeks later after disagreement with the club's infamous owners Venkys.
It's not the first time that managers have used film in an attempt to motivate their players.
Pep Guardiola infamously commissioned a Gladiator inspired video before Barcelona's Champions League final game with United in 2009.
Clips from the movie are spliced in-between his side in action.
It's often cited as one of the most unique motivational ideas in football management and was an early insight into the Spaniard's genius.
The focus of the video was on the players as the current Manchester City boss didn't want to be eulogised himself.
The idea worked in Pep's favour as they managed to overcome United 2-0 in Rome.
Perhaps Allardyce thought he could pull off some of Pep's magic.