John looks beyond big finale
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John Gorman cannot help looking beyond our season’s finale against Manchester United to next season — and what he describes as a ‘new Tottenham Hotspur’.
Champions United complete our rollercoaster Premiership season at the Lane on Saturday.
And although our assistant manager would love to end the end season in style he insists it is all about what happens after this weekend.
John said: “United will be determined to finish the season off with a win as everyone is - we are.
“Everyone has pride and we would have liked to have had a few more experience bodies to have finished better.
“I have to say that I would love to win the last game but the most important thing is that we start next season with everyone fit and well, with new players and a new Tottenham Hotspur.”
Sir Alex Ferguson has opted to rest some of his stars in recent weeks and United have lost successive games at home to Derby and at Southampton last Sunday.
They will certainly be without Jaap Stam, who tore a hamstring against Celtic in Tommy Boyd's testimonial on Tuesday, Gary Neville (knee) and suspended Roy Keane.
“United have had two bad results but they haven’t fielded their best team,” John pointed out. “Who knows what they will do against us?
“They might decide because it’s the last game to put everyone out and finish the season off. They wouldn’t want to lose three on the trot.
“They’ve not fielded their strongest 11 but they’ve won the league and that’s what they are entitled to do.”
For our part, John said that Steffen Iversen was still ‘touch and go’ after his successive concussions and Sergei Rebrov hadn’t joined full training after his hamstring tweak.
He also revealed that Tim Sherwood was a doubt after picking up a nasty shin knock at Leicester City and hadn’t trained since.