Brian Barry Murphy has landed the post of first team manager with League One side Rochdale.
The Cork native has been at the club since 2010, initially as a player while he took on a player/coach role in 2014. Barry Murphy had been acting as caretaker manager since last month, Rochdale earning two wins and two draws in four games, and the club have now made appointed him as manager on a two-year contract.
The 40-year-old is one of only two Irish-born coaches to manage a league club in England at the moment, Dubliner Graham Coughlan in charge of Bristol Rovers.
“Brian Barry Murphy is, without doubt, the right person to take Rochdale forward,” said chairman Andrew KIlpatrick.
“He is young, hungry for success and extremely talented. Brian is held in the highest regard by everyone at RAFC and in the wider football business. As a Club, we have been overwhelmed by the number of calls that we have received from people within the industry who have had nothing but the highest praise for him.
“As has been apparent from his four games in temporary charge, the squad are fully behind Brian and this has been fully reflected in their commitment and performance on the pitch.
“This appointment is singularly well-merited and, we hope, ushers in a new and exciting chapter for Rochdale AFC.
“We have seven vital games remaining this season. I hope that everyone will get behind Brian and the team, giving them our full support for the rest of the campaign and beyond.”
A son of Cork GAA legend Jimmy Barry Murphy, Brian began his senior career with Cork City, moving to England in 1999 where he had spells with Preston, Sheffield Wednesday and Bury before that move to Rochdale.
Barry Murphy said on Rochdale’s official website: “The challenge for us is to produce that consistent run of performances, and I’m certain results follow.
“I know this group of players is of an exceptional standard and my challenge is to get the best out of them, and I can do that.
“The players are really excited. They are behind me. I’ll be continuing to push them hard.
“I believe we still have a core group of players that are hugely exciting moving forward and should give everyone associated with the club a great sense of hope and excitement, irrespective of what division we’re in.
“We’ll be doing everything we can every day to try to make sure we retain our League One status.
“If we can’t, we can’t. We’ve still got the same group of players, who will provide a very exciting summer for the supporters and going into next season I think a lot of hope, and something to be proud of.”