An ex-England international, Ian spent over a decade at White Hart Lane throughout the 1990s and regularly played in front of roaring capacity crowds numbering more than 36,000 people.
He even experienced glory at Wembley in front of 78,000 fans, as part of our League Cup-winning side in 1999.
Nowadays, though, the 42-year-old ex-gloveman spends his time coaching a new generation of goalkeepers in Shanghai – a city that’s alive with culture all year round.
Chinese New Year brings added festivities to the area – and it only serves to increase Ian’s fondness for life in the Far East.
“I get to enjoy the city of Shanghai when I’m not taking training,” said Ian who, as goalkeeping coach of Shanghai East Asia, is currently preparing the club’s roster of stoppers for the 2014 Chinese Super League season.
“It’s enjoyable, it’s different, but I like it.
“We pretty much train every day. Mainly because of the heat we train late in the afternoon at around four or five o’clock.
“We train hard and in a normal season sometimes we have double training sessions depending on the weather and what the situation is.”
Ian made 313 first team appearances for us between 1991 and 2001, having previously come up through our youth ranks. He went on to represent Leicester City and, later, Bolton Wanderers.
He has since gone into coaching and, in 2012, he was appointed goalkeeping coach at Chinese Super League outfit Shanghai Shenhua, a club he served until the end of last year.
He joined the coaching staff at Shanghai East Asia at the start of January and is currently busy putting his new keepers through their paces ahead of the start of the new season in March.
“I’m looking forward to a new challenge at Shanghai East Asia,” Ian added. “I can't wait to get started.”
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