John left the South Coast side along with Glenn in April and is aware that the match will be the subject of a measure of media hype.
“To be honest, and we’ve talked about it, we’re going to treat it like any other game and, in all honesty, we need the points,” insisted John. “That is the only reason it is going to be an important game.
“It is no more important than say, Arsenal, we definitely need to get three points on the board. We feel that we should have more points by this time and lets hope we get some on Sunday.”
John does concede, however, that he still harbours a certain fondness for the club and is looking forward to meeting up with former acquaintances.
“We did enjoy our time there and, I must admit, I did enjoy working with the people there — especially the players and all the staff we were close to and it will be good to see them again. But, there are different circumstances now.
“We obviously know the players quite well, there has only been about two changes since we left the club and the rest are lads we’ve worked with. So, obviously we know about them and they know about us.
“Southampton still play very good football, but we want to win this game badly, just for the sake of getting three points on the board and getting our season up and away.”
John Gorman insists that the only important issue when it comes to facing his former club is securing a first win of the season.