Daryl Murphy: Clubs like Ipswich Town should take a look at Irish talent
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While Mick McCarthy’s number one priority is preserving the Blues’ status in the Championship, the former Wolves boss will also be constructing his summer recruitment drive.
With Financial Fair Play (FFP) coming into effect from next season, restricting clubs from spending more than they earn, the need to be shrewd in the transfer market will be more crucial than ever.
The division Town start in next season will also have a bearing on the players they can both attract and afford and signings of Tyrone Mings and Reece Brown’s ilk may become more commonplace.
Looking abroad can also have its benefits and McCarthy and his scouting team will have all boundaries covered.
Daryl Murphy was brought to Sunderland by McCarthy in 2005, having enjoyed a productive period at League of Ireland outfit, Waterford United, while Stephen Ward, became a mainstay in the Wolves team after being signed by the former Republic of Ireland manager from Bohemians.
McCarthy’s reputation as a former boss of the national team has also been beneficial, with the likes of Kevin Foley, Kevin Doyle, Stephen Hunt and Andy Keogh joining their fellow former international at Molineux, although full internationals tend to command higher fees and wages.
Murphy joined Sunderland at the same time that Reading landed Kevin Doyle and Shane Long and, while he may not have hit the same heights as that duo – who have both enjoyed success in the Premier League, is proof that unpolished gems from across the Irish Sea can become consistent performers.
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As for Long and Doyle, the duo earned Reading millions when West Brom and Wolves respectively swooped for them, and while Town fans may not like it, the prospect of selling to survive may well become the rule rather than the exception for second-tier clubs.
“There are always players out there,” said Murphy.
“I came over at the same time as Kevin Doyle and Shane Long and since then loads more have arrived.
“The potential is there but because the league is not that high a standard, there will be players that never get the chance over here.
“I was full-time when I played there but most of the club are part-time now and that doesn’t help.
Financially, and with the small crowds the league gets, the potential is not there to be full-time.
“But when Kevin Doyle, was signed for something like £60,000, it’s never a bad thing to go and look.”