Sol Campbell discusses the time Lord Sugar gave the Tottenham first-team baseball bats

Lord Sugar

Lord Sugar has some odd motivational techniques.

Sol Campbell is unfortunately remembered more at Tottenham Hotspur for the way in which he left the club for fierce rivals Arsenal - rather than the excellent performances he put in whilst at White Hart Lane.

His Bosman switch to Highbury certainly clouds his achievements at White Hart Lane. Spurs also had some struggles whilst he was at the club. During the chairmanship of Alan Sugar in particular.

Now, speaking on the Sky Sports Fantasy Football Club, Campbell has spoken about a time that Lord Sugar, now more famous for his BBC TV hit 'The Apprentice' rather than the founding of Amstrad or Tottenham ownership, decided to bring a load of baseball bats and hand them to the struggling first-team squad.

He stated:

"Baseball bats! It was when we were going through a tough time when I was at Tottenham.

"The league (position) wasn't too healthy and he (Sugar) bought us in to the main stadium. Sat us all down, the full squad, and in the corner he had some baseball bats. I thought he was going to clobber us.

"But he gave each one of us a baseball bat and said 'right, that's it, I want you guys to bat away all your troubles, let go, get some wins and move us up the league."

That is certainly an odd technique from Sugar. There are certainly some wacky owners out there - Leeds United's Massimo Cellino immediately springs to mind - but even this apparent cleansing exercise seems beyond his realm.

One thing for sure, it is hard to see Daniel Levy heading down to White Hart Lane with a bag of baseball bats.

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