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"I need to go and learn my trade" - Murphy rules out Donegal job for now

Donegal legend Michael Murphy has ruled out putting his name forward for the county's vacant managerial position. Picture: Margaret McLaughlin
Donegal legend Michael Murphy has ruled out putting his name forward for the county's vacant managerial position. Picture: Margaret McLaughlin Donegal legend Michael Murphy has ruled out putting his name forward for the county's vacant managerial position. Picture: Margaret McLaughlin

FORMER All-Ireland winning captain Michael Murphy won’t be putting his name forward to be the next Donegal manager but hasn’t ruled out the possibility of taking the post at some stage in the future.

Aidan O’Rourke and Paddy Bradley took over the role after Paddy Carr resigned back in March, but the pair stepped aside after Donegal’s preliminary round quarter-final defeat to Tyrone two weeks ago.

Murphy, who retired from inter-county football last season, believes the time commitment involved in inter-county management is big stumbling block.

“The reason I moved away from playing was the whole energy thing of what’s required on an everyday basis, that’s the thing that I would struggle to give and I suppose moving into management, it’s a big thing inter-county senior management,” said the Glenswilly giant.

“Playing, you get an opportunity to rest for a few hours a day in order to try and perform at your best but management now, in order to do it right and in order to do it the way it needs to be done, it’s massive hours within every single day.”

To put himself in a position to be a future Donegal manager, the five-time All-Star believes he must hone his craft before taking that leap.

“I need to go and learn my trade, I need to go and learn about it, I need to go and figure out coaching, I need to go and figure out management.

“I’ve been taking the local minors for the last couple of years and at that level I give it my all for a couple of days of the week, but that’s what it is, a couple of days a week.

“I’m not foolish enough to think I could throw myself into something. If you’d have asked the question five or six years ago, I’d have said I’d love to give it a crack, give it a go.

“But the more I see what’s involved in it in recent years the more it wouldn’t be a concrete yes, give it a go, answer.

“But definitely I’ll do everything I can to put myself in a position to see if it’s something I enjoy. I think I would definitely want to do that.”