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John's short summer

Posted on 26 June 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 says the holiday period is not what it used to be, but for himself and Glenn it is even shorter than normal.

After returning to the Lane in April, Glenn and John had eight games to assess the playing staff and identify weaknesses in the camp — a luxury which enables them to plan and recruit through the summer in readiness to hit the ground running in August.

Not that the dynamic duo will not take a break, John stresses the importance of re-charging the batteries and points out that spending all summer on the phone would be a futile exercise.

"We’ve had a couple of weeks. We’re family people and it’s very important as well. Then we’ll get back here, try and organise things and get ready for next season.

"We’ve had a hard year, being at Southampton right through the summer and winter and straight into the Tottenham job - so it’s important to take a holiday because a lot of times at this time of year it’s very hard to get hold of people.

"You can sit in an office phoning, phoning, phoning and they are all away on holiday. A lot of things don’t get done. We hoping to get a lot done, if not they drag on a little bit and so be it. It won’t be a long holiday like we normally have.

"We’re starting here on the 2<sup>nd</sup> of July, it’s not very long is it? Not like it used to be. We’re back with the lads and the staff will be here the week before getting things organised for the trip to La Manga."

While John is very much a training pitch operator, he is not adverse to the more office-based aspects of his role that mainly fall in the summer months.

"It’s all part and parcel now. You have to take them both, talking to players, scouting — there’s a lot to be done. It’s not just about the training, there’s a lot of talking to be done, discussions, watching tapes. It can be a bit time consuming at times, but it is a good part of the job as well. But it is long hours at times, but that’s why we’re in it."