GORMAN DRAFTED IN
(Friday 3rd October 2003)
The Club announced on Thursday 2nd October that John Gorman, former Swindon Town Manager and regular assistant to Glenn Hoddle, had agreed to take charge of First Team affairs at Wycombe while Wanderers search for a full-time appointment. The Club approached Gorman on the Wednesday after the new of Lawrie Sanchez's departure had broken and he said yes within a few hours.
The 52 year old Scot had previously been assistant to Hoddle at Southampton and then Spurs but was shown the exit from White Hart Lane when Hoddle was sacked on Monday 22nd September 2003.
Gorman may fancy his chances at taking on the role full-time but Wanderers had already received close to 20 applications for the job, with Steve Cotterill, John Ward, Lou Macari, Jan Molby, former Wanderers boss John Gregory and legendary striker Keith Scott.
A former player with Spurs, Gorman's coaching career began with a spell at Gillingham in the 1986/87 season but two years later he moved on Leyton Orient. In 1991 he moved to Swindon Town as assistant to Player/Manager Glen Hoddle and the partnership saw Town promoted to the Premiership.
When Hoddle joined Chelsea at the end of the 1992/93 season he was given the chance of the Manager's position which he accepted but it was a rough time for Town in the Premiership. They became the whipping boys and despite numerous high earners being signed, they were relegated. Two of those signings have significant Wycombe connections. Gorman paid £375,000 for Keith Scott in November 1993 and Scotty scored on his debut to prevent Town from setting an all time record for a worst start to a season. Gorman also signed Lawrie Sanchez at the tail end of his playing career but Town could not avoid the drop and a couple of season later were playing Wycombe in Division Two.
By then Gorman had been sacked and he went on to be assistant at Bristol City before landing a coaching role with England where his friend Hoddle had now been appointed. Further assistant roles with Hoddle followed at Southampton and Spurs before his chance with Wycombe.
Commenting on the move to Wycombe, Gorman said "Wycombe is a club I have always had some feeling for. I have done some coaching there before and I am looking forward to the challenge". Gorman's previous time at the Club came when he held some coaching sessions during Neil Smillie's time at the Club and he took his first training session this time around on the Thursday before the meeting with Plymouth Argyle at Adams Park on Saturday 4th October. He said "We had a good session. The lads' spirit are really good. I think they can get up the league but there is a lot of work to be done." He also called on the Wanderers' supporters to play their part. "The league position isn't healthy, that's why I'm here. It's not going to be easy and we will need the help of the fans"
According to the statement from Wycombe, Gorman will continued temporary charge of team affairs up to including the visit to Swindon on Saturday 1st November. By then it will probably become clear whether he has left himself in with a good chance of taking the job on a permanent basis.
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