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John's happy return

Posted on 3 April 2001  - 12:00

Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs) Football Club is located in North London. The club is also known as Spurs. Tottenham's home ground is White Hart Lane. The club motto is Audere est Facere (To dare is to do).

John Gorman reflected on his first day back at the club and described the feeling as ‘comfortable’.

The sky was blue, the sun was out, the media were gathering and Glenn and John discovered the joys of Chigwell and Spurs Lodge.

"It’s a fantastic feeling now it’s all happened, it just feels really comfortable," said John. "I’m back home really.

"The training ground has changed, but a lot of the people who have been in the background are still here from when even I was a player and it’s lovely to see the same faces.

"It’s just been a lovely day to be honest, to get back here and then to get back to work again.

It may have been something of a homecoming for John, but he admits to feeling his departure as a player in 1979 was a little premature.

"I always felt so, I was a bit aggrieved that I left, to be honest. I left through injury, went off to America to play and played seven years. I always felt I could have continued to play here in the glory years when they won the cups and that.

"After I left the team played in the Cup final and I was playing in the Soccerbowl final, but it wasn’t the same as playing at Wembley."

On his return, a delighted John feels that it is a case of where the heart is.

"It’s just meant to be in some ways and I’m delighted to get the opportunity to come back with Glenn. Obviously I will miss Southampton, the people and the players, but this is a place that’s in my heart.

"I am a big fan, my son has been a big fan since he was a youngster and I’ve a lot of friends who are all Spurs-mad and it’s just great to be back.

"For us to be back is special, and with Chris Hughton — he took over from me when I left and was my reserve player, believe it or not — and he’s still here!

"He’s had a wonderful career and now we’ve moved him up to work alongside us with the first team. I’ll be going as assistant and Chrissie is first team coach.

"Hans Segers is here, who we know well, Pat Jennings will be coming in now and again and it’s going to be great to all work together."

On the tricky little opener on Sunday, John added: "It’s not going to be too difficult to prepare for, we’re just going to get on with it. It’s going to be a massive game, but Glenn and I don’t mind it, we’re lucky to get the opportunity to be involved in a semi-final, I have to say that, and the people here before must take a lot of credit. We’re going to use that opportunity and hopefully guide the team to success.

"The problem is that consistency and patience takes time, but we’ve not got time because we’ve got to get ready for the semi-final. The result is all-important. It would, in some ways, been a little bit easier just to come in and get to know everybody for the rest of the season, but we’ve not got that. The whole thing that matters is Sunday’s game and that’s what we’ll concentrate on.

After that, John is looking forward to an emotional return to the Lane for Tuesday’s clash with Bradford.

"It’ll be lovely to win on Sunday and go into Tuesday’s home game. It’ll be a great feeling to walk out at White Hart Lane again. Looking forward it."

So how did John feel in the car on the way to starting a new career with Spurs?

"It was beautiful, a lovely feeling. Glenn and I felt very comfortable, it felt natural and meant to be. We drove here without any fears or any apprehension whatsoever.

"We nearly headed to Cheshunt! But Chris made sure we got here, we met him and he made sure we got to the right destination."

By Richard Hubbard