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Football: Former County boss to secure City job.

COLIN Murphy is expected to be named as the next manager of Cork City on Friday.

Murphy, currently working as a coach in the Far East, retained his link with the National League after a stint in charge of Shelbourne in the 1994/95 season, and once he learned about the Cork position, which will become vacant at the end of the season when Dave Barry steps down, he was quick to put his name in to the hat.

Murphy has extensive experience as a coach - apart from managing Shels - who were reluctant to let him go.

But he returned to England, where he began his managerial career with Derby County in 1976, to take up the Notts County 'hot seat.'

After Derby he had spells with Lincoln (twice), Stockport, Southend United and then County.

More recently, Murphy was a reserve coach at Spurs before taking up an appointment in Asia.

It is believed that he met City officials recently and accepted the job of landing Cork their first league title since 1993.

Cork officials were keeping tight-lipped about the appointment last night but sources close to the club have confirmed that Murphy has beaten off the challenge of about a dozen applicants - including former City player Carl Davenport and former Everton defender Derek Mountfield - to land the prized position.

The City board is due to meet on Friday to rubber-stamp the appointment.

Murphy was seen as the front-runner for the hot-seat once the club failed to persuade Kieron O'Regan to apply, while some speculation also centred on former Ireland and Celtic keeper Packie Bonner.

Former Chelsea striker Kerry Dixon, who last year applied for the Athlone Town managerial position, was also thought to have thrown his hat into the ring.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Author:Scully, Michael
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Apr 5, 2000
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