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East Bengal hires psychologist ahead of derby 

Liverpool legend and SC East Bengal head coach Robbie Fowler has added forensic and sport psychologist, Nicola McCalliog, to the team’s support staff, just a week ahead of their high pressure derby against arch-rivals ATK Mohun Bagan. Her addition makes it an eight-member strong backroom staff for Fowler who also has a set piece coach — Terence McPhillips.

McCalliog has worked in psychology for over 15 years in forensics, for the government and in elite sport. She is currently part of the player welfare team as a consultant for several leading English Premier League football clubs and Fowler’s Education and Football Academy.

“I am working with the players to understand who they are, their story so far and what drives and motivates them. I support the manager and the staff in how to get the best out of the player on and off the pitch,” McCalliog, who has worked in psychology for over 15 years in forensics for the government and in elite sport, said.

“I see the hunger to win in the eyes of the players and I know that they will give everything. It is all about creating a positive and winning mentality individually and collectively as a team,” she said.

“I can see and feel an unbreakable team spirit building. It’s all about making history and winning the ISL with the great club that is SC East Bengal for the fans, club, players, team and community. I have been privileged to work in some great teams in my career so far and I sense that the manager and our team is creating something special at SC East Bengal.”

“I cannot wait to come out to India for the play-offs to be with the team,” she said.

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