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Last Updated: Thursday, 13 May, 2004, 10:04 GMT 11:04 UK
Gorman backed for Hibs
Glenn Hoddle and John Gorman
Hoddle and Gorman (right) worked together with England
Former England coach Glenn Hoddle is backing John Gorman for the vacant manager's post at Hibernian.

Gorman, who was number two to Hoddle at the 1998 World Cup, has been linked with the Easter Road job.

Hoddle told the Daily Record: "People think John and I work as a double act but I told him the day would come when he would need to branch out on his own.

"He could do a job for Hibs because he likes to see the game played the way players want to do their jobs."

Gorman also worked with Hoddle at Swindon, Tottenham and Southampton and has been seen watching Hibs in recent weeks.

Gorman, who began his playing career with Celtic, had a brief stint in charge of Wycombe Wanderers this season, before Tony Adams took over at the now relegated Nationwide Division Two club.

"John's been involved in everything in the game from managing the youth team at Orient to being my number two with England at the World Cup finals," added Hoddle.

"John insists on a passing game with players being allowed to express themselves.

"He's used to pressure at a high level and I would rate the way he stood beside me on the night England drew with Italy in Rome to qualify for France 1998 as my outstanding memory of his mental strength."

Other possible candidates for the Hibs job include, Eric Black, Davie Hay, Alan Kernaghan, Tommy Burns and John Robertson.

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