Daryl Murphy was an extremely popular player at Newcastle because when he was asked by the manager – he came into the first team and delivered the goods for Newcastle with six goals and one assist.
Daryl was also a very positive voice in the dressing room and on the training pitch and the manager Rafa Benitez kept praising his attitude and professionalism.
Murphy has been interviewed after his move to Nottingham Forest last week in the local Nottingham Post.
34-year-old Daryl Murphy – played well for Newcastle last term
This is some of what the big Irishman had to say:
“It was a difficult decision but, if I am being realistic, I would have had to wait for my chance at Newcastle.”
“I need to be playing. I want to be playing football and hopefully, I can come here and get games.”
“It was brilliant there. I thank the manager – I can’t thank the manager and the fans enough.”
“They took to me, I had to bide my time when I first signed because they were playing well and winning games.”
“When my chance came, I did well, I scored a couple of goals and we won the league in the end, which was great.”
“But I am definitely very happy to be here, I am just looking forward to getting going now, really.”
And the feeling is mutual with Rafa Benitez – who had this to say in the Irish Times late last week on the 26 times capped Irish International. when he and the Newcastle first team squad were in Dublin on their training camp:
At the time the Newcastle first-team squad were in Dublin on their training camp.:
This is what Rafa had to say:
“We are talking about different things in the Premier League, and we have some clubs asking about him.”
“We have been chatting at training in recent days, and he knows that if a club comes in, he will go on a permanent transfer once the deal is best for him and us.”
“I was really pleased with his contribution last season, not just because he played games and scored goals, but he led by example, both in the dressing room and training. “He was a positive influence on the team.”
One thing Daryl brought to Newcastle last season was a cool and experienced head and he was a leader in the dressing room and was a great example to our younger players at the club.
He never complained about not playing last year even though he had very few games before the turn of the year.
The 34-year-old always said he was ready when called upon and he was right about that because when he got games after Dwight Gayle was injured in mid-January he scored goals for us.
Whether it was £3M or £4M we eventually paid for him after our promotion ( we were reported to give Ipswich £1M for him when we were promoted ) he was worth every penny and it was a very shrewd signing by the sage Rafa Benitez.
We will be following Daryl’s career at Forest and hope he does very well for the former Europan Champions ( 1979 and 1980) under the great Brian Clough and his assistant Peter Taylor.