Joe Jordan pinpoints his time in Italy – including two seasons at AC Milan – as the best experience of his glittering playing career.
First team coach Joe was a feared centre-forward in his playing days between 1968-88, a Scottish international who scored in the World Cup finals of 1974, 1978 and 1982.
He spearheaded the attack of the famous championship-winning Leeds United team of the 1970s between 1970-78 before switching to Manchester United and then AC Milan in 1981.
He played the 1981-82 and 1982-83 seasons at the San Siro, scoring 12 times in 52 league matches before moving to Verona and then back to England.
Joe was delighted to return to the San Siro when we faced Inter Milan in the group stages of the Champions League and he admitted going back to face AC in the last 16, first leg on Tuesday night will mean that little more.
“I was fortunate to move there from United and it was arguably the best move of my career,” reflected Joe on his time in Italy.
“Milan is a big, big club, one of the biggest clubs in the world.
“When you move abroad, it’s such a new experience and even though I was an experienced player when I went there, it was still a new frontier for me and they were very helpful.
“Things are tough on and off the field, but they looked after me and I'll always be thankful for that.
“They gave me a chapter in my career that I always wanted, to play abroad and I couldn’t have picked a better club. I was in Italy for three years and it was the best experience in my career.”
Joe admitted he’d love to be donning his boots again. “It’s a glamour tie. If I was a player in a Tottenham jersey and AC Milan came out of the hat, it’s one of the games I’d want.
“As a player, you couldn’t ask for more. They are one of the best teams left in the competition, they top Serie A, there will be a fantastic atmosphere and we’re all looking forward to it.”