Rebel Murphy roves as City seek salvation

AS negotiations continue to secure a rescue package for the embattled club, the player exodus from Cork City continues with Danny Murphy poised to join Shamrock Rovers.

City confirmed the full-back’s departure yesterday, with Rovers the favourites to land the man who was lauded on the Turner’s Cross terraces as ‘The Cockney Rebel’.

A move to Tallaght Stadium would not see the 27-year-old short of familiar faces, with ex-City players Dan Murray, Billy Dennehy and Pat Sullivan already at the Dublin club.

In a statement confirming that his contract had been cancelled by mutual agreement, Cork City said that they wanted “to place on record our thanks to Danny for his commitment, professionalism and support to the club and for the contribution he has made on the pitch in his time at the club.

“We would like to wish him the best of luck with his future career and hope that we will see him in the Cork City colours again.”

On the negotiations between owner Tom Coughlan and a UK-based consortium which continued yesterday, the club said that it is: “still extremely hopeful that ongoing takeover talks will shortly reach a successful conclusion and the future of the club will be secured.”

The debt-ridden club is fast approaching a final D-Day on Monday when it faces both a winding up order over unpaid tax and the awarding of League of Ireland licences for the new season.

Should the club fail to secure its Premier Division status, it could be reconstituted as a First Division side on foot of a licence application which has already been lodged by the supporters’ group FORAS.

Relegated Bray Wanderers are the team who would replace City in the Premier Division should they be stripped of their elite status.

Meanwhile, another cash-strapped club, Drogheda United, have expressed confidence that they can retain their Premier Division place.

According to a statement from the club: “The Board of Drogheda United held a public meeting for supporters of the club in United Park on Tuesday evening. The board has now submitted what they believe to be a prudent budget to the FAI and is confident of securing a Premier Division licence for the coming season. Supporters expressed overwhelming approval for the board’s sensible approach to the budget.”

Nevertheless, it remains to be seen if, with a restricted budget, Drogheda will be in a position to retain the services of manager Alan Mathews as well as some of its players.


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