Eat like Ennis! McDonald's is off limits to Wolves players as Saunders clamps down
08:36 GMT, 11 January 2013
13:51 GMT, 11 January 2013
Big Macs banned: Dean Saunders wants his Wolves players to eat properly
New Wolves manager Dean Saunders has ordered the club's players to stop eating at McDonald's.
The former Wales striker takes charge of his first game at Molineux tonight, against Blackburn, and wants to get his squad in shape.
He has issued a set of strict rules to keep his team in top condition as they prepare to recover from a disastrous spell under Stale Solbakken.
He said: 'Without discipline you have
nothing. Football is a watered-down version of the army and in the army
they make you do things you don’t want and you have to obey orders.
overall thinking of it is that when we go into battle – when it really
matters – and you get instructions, you comply with the instructions you
'You are all
together as a group. And you get used to obeying instructions and
respecting authority. It keeps everybody together on the same sheet.
you go into war and two soldiers do their own thing, they get the rest
killed. Obviously we are not in the army but there have to be rules in
No entry: Wolves players must not visit McDonald's after training
'They include not
being late for training, not leaving your training kit on the floor,
being in for treatment on time, living your life properly, not going
away from here into McDonald’s. Eating like an athlete.
don’t think Jessica Ennis stops off at McDonald’s on the way home, I
don’t think so looking at her. That’s discipline – to be able to say
“No” to things that don’t make you play very well.
'You need to respect your team-mates and respect authority. If the manager tells you to do something, do it!
New rules: Saunders has told his troops that Olympian Jessica Ennis (below) wouldn't eat at McDonald's
'I’m not an old school manager, really. Graeme Souness packed in because of it. It’s harder and harder to discipline players – they just look at you sometimes and go, “What are you on about”'
Saunders believes the Wolves players will soon appreciate his stern stance.
He explained: 'Most footballers like discipline. They like to know where the line is. And they don’t like to see other people not adhering to it.'