30 January, 2011

Dawn of new Cork City era has "Cockney Rebel" buzzing:

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The Cockney Rebel has come home to Leeside
 "It's great to be
  back in Cork
  and I'm really looking
forward to the season" 
  - Danny Murphy

                The Cockney Rebel is back and will play First Division football for the first time with Cork City next season. After winning another league medal with Shamrock Rovers, Danny Murphy has returned (for the third and hopefully last time) to his adopted home of Cork and is determined to help get Tommy Dunne's side get promoted to the Premier Division.
         "If we don't get promoted this season, the year will be seen as a failure and rightly so. The only reason I came back to Cork City is to help get them promoted and that's the big issue for us this season. We have to go up this time or we could be left in the wilderness," says Murphy, who has agreed a two-year deal with City.

Cork City FC manager: Tommy Dunne
"I want to be back 
in European football
within three years
with Cork City"- Murphy

Things have changed for the better since the Londoner was 
last here and embroiled in a crisis that brought the club to its knees. "The club was in turmoil the last time I was here but now it's a far better run club and the people here now have the club at heart and are not interested in lining their own pockets. We have a very good manager in Tommy Dunne; he cares about the club and wants the club to improve. There is a lot better atmosphere around the place now and I could see that from the moment I arrived back" - said Murphy.
Danny has acquired Joma sporting franchise in Ireland
                "There's only so much of the Cork-Dublin road you can take and with a young family (Danny has a 13 month old son, Shay), it was best to get back here. I want to concentrate on my football and a few other things I have in the pipeline" - says Danny, who has acquired the franchise in Ireland for Joma, the Spanish sportswear company.
                 "We're trying to nail a few clubs (to sign up to Joma) for the new season, but with the way the recession is, it's hard work," - says Murphy.
                Danny believes that if City fans trust FORAS and follow the Shamrock Rovers model, they won't go far wrong, as they try to rebuild the club's image, standing and reputation.
                Murphy reckons that Waterford, Shelbourne and possibly Limerick will be City's main rivals for promotion this season.
Cork City: Campeones 2005
                Murphy agrees that the happiest time of his career has been with Cork, though another career highlight was making his QPR debut as a raw 17-year-old. "Yeah, making my debut as a teenager with QPR was a career highlight but I've played my best football and enjoyed my football most here at Cork City. I won the League (2005) and Setanta Cup (2008) and intend to add to my medal haul here. Winning the League against Derry on the final night of the (2005) season was probably the biggest moment in my career," - he added.  Hopefully there'll be many more in the seasons ahead for the one and only:  "Cockney Rebel."                

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