Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Gorman: Saints Fans Call Me Judas but It's Only Half the Story

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Gorman: Saints Fans Call Me Judas but It's Only Half the Story

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JOHN GORMAN, who will be back at The Dell with Tottenham on Boxing Day, admits that he will get a hostile reception but says he never planned to walk out on Southampton. Gorman told Standard Sport: "I know Glenn Hoddle and I will get a lot of stick when we go back there and I understand the fans when they chant 'Judas' at us. I think they felt I just went with Glenn but I want them to know that I was never asked to stay.

"After we left the England job, I went to three clubs before we got back together at Southampton, so I do get frustrated that people think I can only work with Glenn. I had the offer to go to Chelsea with him but I turned it down to stay at Swindon because they asked me to.

"I didn't get asked to stay at Southampton. I think they took it for granted that I would be going with Glenn. It surprised me that I was never asked but at the same time I was delighted to get the chance to go to Spurs because I consider it my team, too."

The pair have a great working relationship despite their very different personalities.

While Hoddle is not fazed by almost anything the game throws at him, Gorman is out of the dugout within five minutes of any kick-off, blood vessels standing out like map routes on his temple and a face as red as a beetroot.

The two have been friends since their Tottenham playing days and the lure of returning to White Hart Lane proved irresistible. Gorman said: "I always felt a little aggrieved that I left Tottenham prematurely because of injury when I was a player there.

As a manager at Swindon I had a bad time but I learned a lot and became a stronger person.

"The only thing I regret was not going to Chelsea. Obviously Glenn was not very happy and rightly so because, originally, I had agreed to go with him.

"But the great thing about him is that we didn't fall out about it and when he got the chance, he asked me to help him with the England job. The way that ended was unfair. I have never had any involvement in Glenn's beliefs. I was born and brought up as a Roman Catholic.

"Glenn's never tried to influence me in any way as far as that side of things are concerned. …

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