'It was great to win trophies with Cork City, but it's really all about the friends you make...'

'It was great to win trophies with Cork City, but it's really all about the friends you make...'
In action for Coláiste Stiofáin Naofa in 2016, Danny Murphy takes on  Carlow IT's Stephen Moloney. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

LIKE to a number of the 2005 Cork City FC Premier Division title winning team, Danny Murphy is now forging a career for himself in the coaching side of the game.

A man that won a Premier Division title and the Setanta Cup in 2008 while at the club, along with a First Division crown in 2011 as the Rebel Army rose from the ashes, the Cockney Rebel will always be a hugely popular figure among Cork City fans.

Following a spell in America coaching, Danny is now back in London involved with Welling United, where he is the Girls Academy Manager and also overseeing the Senior Women’s team affairs at the club.

“Welling are a National League side,” Murphy outlines to The Echo.

“I got involved with them doing little bits and pieces in the academy, helping out the coaches with some teams.

“The boys side of the club is quite successful in terms of the youth side of it and teams are very good. So I was like we need try and grow the girls side. We have gone from having one team to now having three teams and we are now about to start launching our Senior Women’s team.

“We are going at tier seven on the women’s side and then we have got to try and progress, move our way up. It is exciting.

“For us as a club, if we put the right foundations in place from our pre-academy, all the way to the Senior Women’s team, which we hope to have all these in place in the next two to three years, we can compete at the highest levels in this country.

“It is just a case of having them foundations in place and gradually building towards that.”

Cork City's Gearoid Morrissey celebrates a goal with Kevin Murray, Colin Healy, Danny Murphy and Shane Duggan against Cliftonville. Picture: Eddie O'Hare
Cork City's Gearoid Morrissey celebrates a goal with Kevin Murray, Colin Healy, Danny Murphy and Shane Duggan against Cliftonville. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

Murphy was during his playing days considered one of the best full backs in League Of Ireland football. Still to this very day, the affection and time he has for Cork City FC becomes quite clear.

One of his former teammates is now the current City boss in Neale Fenn, with other former teammates of Murphy’s on the first team coaching staff in Joe Gamble, Alan Bennett and Mark McNulty.

“It is hard because I can be brutally honest and say the situation the club are in is not helping him at all in terms of recruitment, bringing players in and stuff like that,” Murphy says on the current state of affairs at City.

“But at the same time, I am like Neale is using all the experience and knowledge of people he knows to try and help himself get players in.

“I know the style of football he plays, the fans are going to love it.

“Does he really have the players to do that at this moment in time, probably not.

“I think if they work with and stick behind him, he will make the club very successful in terms of getting them playing a good brand of football, which we are all used to.

“I think he will bring that to the club. He will bring back to that quality style of football, young players coming through, technically proficient and doing the right things.”

Everything in the world has taken an impact due to the COVID-19 crisis, with the climate around the future of Cork City somewhat of a mystery.

As our discussion progresses though, it is clear that Murphy feels that given the right amount of time, Neale Fenn can have a successful spell as the City boss.

“I think that Neale and Joe (Gamble) will get it right and I think it is just going to take a bit of time.

“I think people have to understand that and be realistic, that in terms of a budget and where the club are financially at the minute, they are not going to be where they want to be.

“So I think he has got all the right things in place, but I think there are some financial difficulties at the moment which I hope get sorted out.

“The news I get from people is if this Preston thing goes through, which I have heard about, is that it will already be beneficial to the club in terms of developing the academy players.

“Really to be able to be competitively challenging every season for trophies because you have got the right infrastructure in place, in terms of you have got young players coming through and also got good players in your first team.

“Having that blend of bringing in some experienced players with quality young players, that you can constantly have that revolving door of people coming into the team and out of the team, but the quality never dips and always stays at the same level.”

On a general sense to conclude, the passion that Murphy still has for Leeside generally remains strong.

“I have very fond memories of Cork, even just as a city and the people.

“Just the club as a whole will always be a part of me. I loved everything about being there.

“Walking out at Turner’s Cross on Friday night, I really miss that feeling.

“Winning trophies was something we always wanted to do. But it was the relationships I built in terms of friends I had at the football club and things we did everyday together, the trophies and all that were a bonus.”

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