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Football: MART'S WACKY WORLD; EXCLUSIVE FOUR DAYS TO THE START OF THE COCA-COLA CHAMPIONSHIP.

LIFE has not been the same at Leicester since Martin Allen arrived. Here are some of the eccentric manager's more unusual methods since taking over at The Walkers Stadium:

* STAGED a four-team World Cup themed seven-a-side tournament in training, with Mars bars for the winners and a pounds 3.99 BBQ utensil kit for the best player.

* INTRODUCED a naughty chair in training for misbehaving stars.

* SENT the squad to work one afternoon in club megastore, ticket office and sales departments.

*CONFISCATED flashy watches from players.

*HAS a black wooden Buddha in his office which he rubs every morning.

PLAYERS IN: DJ Campbell from Birmingham (pounds 1.6m), Stephen Clemence from Birmingham (pounds 1m), Shaun Newton from West Ham United (undisclosed), Jonathan Hayes from Reading (undisclosed), James Chambers from Watford (free), Sergio Hellings from Heracles Almelo (undisclosed), Radostin Kishishev from Charlton Athletic (free), Bruno N'Gotty from Birmingham (free), Jimmy Nielsen from Aalborg (free), Hossein Kaebi from Perspolis (free), Carl Cort from Wolves (free), Reneil Sappleton from (undisclosed).

PLAYERS OUT: Patrick McCarthy to Charlton (pounds 650,000), Jason Jarrett to Preston (cancelled contract), Andy Johnson to Barnsley (free), Danny Cadamarteri to Huddersfield (free), Danny Tiatto to Queensland Roar (free), Nils-Eric Johansson (released), Geoff Horsfield to Sheffield United (loan ended), Andy Welsh to Sunderland (loan ended), Mark Yeates to Colchester (loan ended).
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Aug 7, 2007
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