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John Gorman (born 16 August 1949 in Winchburghmarker, West Lothianmarker) is a Scottishmarker former football player and coach. He was released on 22 April 2009 as Assistant Manager of Ipswich Town

Playing career

Gorman began his career at Celtic, but only played one game, a Scottish League Cup match in 1968. He was released and signed for Carlisle United and was almost ever present in their one season in the old First Division. He signed for Tottenham Hotspur in 1976 before injury as a result of a tackle by Jimmy Case lost him his place. He went on to play for the Tampa Bay Rowdies of the NASL for four seasons (1979–1982) alongside Rodney Marsh and Manny Andruszewski.

Coaching and management career

Swindon Town

Gorman's coaching career has often been intertwined with his longtime friend Glenn Hoddle, starting when Gorman became Hoddle's assistant at Swindon Town. When Hoddle left for Chelsea, Gorman became full-time manager at Swindon. His spell as manager was unsuccessful, with Gorman receiving some unkind nicknames (such as "John Gormless") from fans and the side finishing bottom of the Premier League in 1993–94. Gorman was sacked halfway through the 1994–95 season, with Swindon on the verge of a second successive relegation (which his successor Steve McMahon was unable to prevent).


Despite being Scottish, he later rejoined Hoddle as his assistant when Hoddle became England manager. After Hoddle's dismissal Gorman became assistant manager at Reading.

With Hoddle again

He then worked with Hoddle at Southampton and Tottenham.

Wycombe and Gillingham

After leaving Tottenham in 2003 he was briefly caretaker manager at Wycombe but was passed over in favour of Tony Adams. He was taken on as an assistant to Andy Hessenthaler at Gillingham, and acted as caretaker manager after Hessenthaler stepped down before returning to Wycombe as manager after Adams' resignation in late 2004

Wycombe Wanderers

After turning around Wycombe's poor form, the club finished the 2004–05 season strongly and only just missed out on a play-off place. At the start of the 2005–06 season, a new club record was set by going 21 consecutive league games unbeaten. Towards the end of the season it was announced that Gorman would be taking a temporary leave of absence for personal reasons, his wife Myra having died from cancer a few weeks earlier. However it was announced on 26 May that the club and manager had parted company permanently.

Northampton Town

On 5 June 2006 Gorman was announced as the new manager of Northampton Town replacing Colin Calderwood. Calderwood was given the Nottingham Forest position after Northampton finished 2nd in League Two and were promoted. On 20 December, Gorman resigned citing personal reasons. He later attributed his departure to stress. He had been in charge for 22 league games, which saw five wins, with just one at home all season.


In May 2007 he became the chief scout at Southampton. Following George Burley's departure to become Scotland manager in January 2008, he was appointed joint caretaker manager, along with Jason Dodd. After a stint as caretaker manager, John Gorman was relieved of his duties after Nigel Pearson was placed in charge of the club on 19 February 2008. Gorman and Dodd both left the club in June 2008, following the appointment of new manager Jan Poortvliet.

Ipswich Town

On 30 December 2008, Gorman was appointed Assistant Manager of Ipswich Town, having previously been with the club 10 years prior in the same role. Gorman was released in April 2009 when Jim Magilton was sacked as manager.

Queens Park Rangers

On 8 June 2009, Gorman was appointed assistant manager of Queens Park Rangers, and thus reunited with his old friend, manager Jim Magilton.

Managerial stats

Team Nat From To Record
G W L D Win %
Swindon Town 4 June 1993 21 November 1994 68 14 34 20 20.58
West Bromwich Albion 27 July 1999 3 August 1999 0 0 0 0 00.00
Wycombe Wanderers 2 October 2003 5 November 2003 8 2 3 3 25.00
Gillingham 23 November 2004 30 November 2004 1 1 0 0 100.00
Wycombe Wanderers 30 November 2004 5 June 2006 82 30 25 27 36.58
Northampton Town 5 June 2006 20 December 2006 27 6 10 11 22.22
Southampton 14 February 2008 0 0 0 0 00.00


  1. Hugman, B, J,(Ed)The PFA Premier& Football League Players' Records 1946-2005 (2005) p242 ISBN 1852916656

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