The 48-year-old Glanmire native comes to the job as outgoing President of Basketball Ireland and with many years of sports administration experience under his belt. Although basketball has been him main sporting preoccupation, he describes himself as a “sports fanatic” whose interest in football on Leeside goes back to the days of Cork Hibs and Cork Celtic.
“I subsequently followed Cork City closely right from 1984,” he says, “and I believe I can help create a situation where we can move forward and, hopefully, create one of the powerhouses of Irish football.”
While manager Tommy Dunne is in charge of the team, which will be back in the Premier Division next season, Tim Murphy believes what happens off the pitch is also crucial to creating a successful club. “Obviously team affairs are Tommy’s side of things but the club admin, the structure, match day preparations and so on are all my side of things,” he says. “And I do believe that success has to built. You have to have a good strategic plan but, then, that’s quite easy to write one. The important thing is that it has to be workable, achievable and most of all – the word I’d really associate with it – sustainable. There’s a huge soccer public in Cork and I believe we can get a lot more people supporting. We need to get a lot more profile for the team. And I think if we build that solid structure, people will buy into it.
“You have to give huge credit to the current board because they’ve gone in and put something together which is sustainable at this moment and what my role is, working in conjunction with them, is to put in a more long-term plan for the club and drive it forward. We need to make sure that we bring the volunteer force in – because it is their club – and help create something that all of Cork will be proud of.”
Welcoming Murphy’s appointment, City chairman Jonathan O’ Brien said: “Tim’s record in sport stood out and we are confident his knowledge and experience will help take Cork City FC to the next level off the pitch as the club returns to the Premier Division.”
Indeed, as early as tomorrow, City will learn who their first opponents will be back in the top flight when the Premier Division fixtures for the Airtricity League 2012 season are released at 2pm. The fixtures will apply to the Premier Division only, since the FAI have received applications from prospective new clubs to gain entry to the First Division.
Representatives of one of those prospective new clubs – the Galway United fans group GUST — held talks in Dublin with the FAI about their plans to launch a new entity to play in the First Division next season. If they are successful, the club will initially play under the name of Galway United Supporters Trust FC.