GORMAN TO GET THE NOD?
(Friday 31st October 2003)
John Gorman emerged as red hot favourite to take the Manager's post at Wycombe after he proved a 'breath of fresh air' at the Club, according to players, Club officials and supporters alike. The former Swindon Manager and Assistant to Glenn Hoddle at England, Southampton and Spurs, had originally only came in as temporary measure but soon made it abundantly clear that he wanted to go it alone again in the Management role.
It took until Gorman's fourth League game in charge to register a victory but the 3-0 home success over Bristol City was the turning point for many onlookers and one that proved that the same players could perform under a different regime.
Speaking at a recent Fans Forum Club Chairman Ivor Beeks praised Gorman, commenting "All our staff, including our office staff, have been absolutely amazed with his enthusiasm. If you talk to the players, Iím sure they will tell you they have been enthused by the way he takes the training sessions and the difference in the training sessions."
This had since been confirmed through comments in the press by several of the Wanderers squad. Writing in his regular Bucks Free Press column. Steve Brown said "He has give the whole club a lift and his enthusiasm is infectious. He has got us playing much better football, picked up some good points and I think he has earned the job." Meanwhile, Club Captain Keith Ryan added "The atmosphere has been brilliant since John Gorman took over. I think he has got us heading in the right direction. The results and the performances have improved under him and people are enjoying playing football again and as far as Iím concerned people play their best when they are happy. I think he can get us out of relegation trouble. Heís got an enthusiasm which is infectious but heís also shown he can dish out a few harsh truths when they are needed."
Wanderers received more than 60 applications for the Managerís job, with some well known names sending in their CVís. However, John Hollins, Graham Rix, Steve Perryman, Steve Parkin and John Cornforth were just some of the names who apparently applied but did not reach the interview stage.
Former Arsenal star Tony Adams emerged as a late candidate for the job but with no previous managerial experience itís a risk that the Board would be very wary to take. John Ward was another name high up the pecking but he turned the job down last time around and that may have hurt the ego's of the decision makers at Adams Park.
Gorman says he wants to see Wanderers play football but the 52 year old old Scot has his priority as getting the Club away from the relegation zone. He told the local press before the decision had been made on the new Manager, "Whatever happens I just want this team to get out of trouble. If I help get this club away from the foot of the table and they decide to go for someone else I will be delighted. I just want at the end of the season to see Wycombe Wanderers in this league and that's the only thing that matters to me."
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