Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 30 August 2014

Exit of Murphy takes shine off Linfield victory

Linfield last night placed veteran defender William Murphy on the transfer list after a breach of club discipline at the weekend.

Murphy, who signed for the Blues in 1997, is also understood to have been suspended by the champions and could even leave Windsor Park during the transfer window this month.

Crusaders, who were easily swept aside as David Jeffrey’s men increased their lead at the top of the Carling Premiership to five points with a 3-1 win, are likely to be interested in Murphy, along with Lisburn Distillery.

Jeffrey confirmed the former long-serving defender has been dealt with internally but refused to comment further.

“William has been an excellent servant to Linfield Football Club since I signed him in 1997,” said Jeffrey.

“But there was a breach of club discipline over the weekend and the club are dealing with it internally. We will speak more about it at a more appropriate time.”

On the pitch, the champions got back to winning ways after a month to forget which included three defeats on the bounce against Glentoran, Cliftonville and basement boys Donegal Celtic.

Jeffrey added: “That was a great response after the defeat to Donegal Celtic and I thought our front two, Mark McAllister and Peter Thompson were terrific.

“Michael Gault was also immense but I am proud of every one of them.

“I criticised them publicly for the first time last week and I think a few of them were shocked. But we got the response we wanted and thankfully were able to increase our lead at the top to five points.”

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