Gorman quashes Hoddle rumours

BLUES number two John Gorman has moved to quash suggestions he is a pathfinder for Glenn Hoddle.

Derek Davis

BLUES number two John Gorman has moved to quash suggestions he is a pathfinder for Glenn Hoddle.

And Scotsman Gorman has insisted there is no conflict between him and displaced coach Bryan Klug.

Gorman, who worked with Hoddle at Swindon, Spurs, Southampton and England, was brought in as Jim Magilton's number two last week and was in the dug out for the FAS Cup win over Chesterfield.

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But the man who has been a manager in his own right at Wycombe Wanderers and Northampton is angry as suggestions that he has been brought to Portman Road as a precursor to Hoddle.

Gorman said: “I have come here because I love the club and want to help Jim.

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“Some people have been suggesting to me that I'm just here to pave the way for Glenn.

“It is absolute rubbish, ridiculous with no truth in it.

“I'm my own man. I have been to many clubs without Glenn. He is doing his own thing in Spain and I have left him there.

“This happened at Southampton and you could see the point there but there is no connection at all here.

“I have been asked by people and I don't want to be rude but I just want to end it - put it to bed.”

Former Chelsea and England manager Hoddle is currently operating his own specialist academy in southern Spain looking to give young players another route back into professional football and has shown no inclination to take up a managerial role anywhere.

Gorman has also shrugged off suggestions that his arrival has caused a rift with first team coach Klug who was watching Watford v Scunthorpe last weekend while Town were in action.

Gorman said: “Bryan is still very much doing a good job and coaching. He went scouting last week and was with us coaching during the week.

“There is no problem at all.”

Gorman will be on the bench for Town today as they take on Sheffield Wednesday in the Championship.

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