Daryl Murphy reveals how reluctant Ipswich boss Mick McCarthy was to let him join Newcastle United

2 Sep

Daryl Murphy has revealed how he couldn’t resist the offer to join Championship new boys Newcastle, despite the efforts of his former boss Mick McCarthy.

Murphy, who signed a two-year-deal with the Magpies just three days before transfer deadline day, returns to the North-East following a five-year spell with rivals Sunderland.

And the 33-year-old has revealed how reluctant Ipswich gaffer McCarthy was to let him go.

The forward said: “Obviously it wasn’t easy, but as I said to the manager, I said, ‘I can’t turn down this opportunity, it’s not going to happen to me again’, and I think he understood that.

“Obviously he didn’t want me to go, but I think he understood that I’m not going to get that chance again.”

Murphy enjoyed a prolific spell with the Tractor Boys following his permanent move from Celtic in 2013, bagging 50 goals in 123 games.


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