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Darren Murphy named new Linfield coach despite Glentoran links

Former Linfield midfielder Darren Murphy has rejoined the club as a coach.

Murphy had been heavily linked with the vacant managerial role at Glentoran but has been brought in as part of David Healy's backroom staff at Windsor Park following the departure of Alfie Wylie.

“Linfield FC is pleased to announce that former player Darren Murphy has agreed to join the club," read a statement on the club website. “Darren will take up a position within manager David Healy’s backroom staff from 1st June and we wish him every success in this role."

Murphy had been tipped as a front-runner to take over in Glentoran's Oval office this summer. Other names linked with the post are former Northern Ireland midfielder Steve Lomas as well as ex Rangers duo Nacho Novo and Bob Malcolm.

Murphy managed Dungannon Swifts before resigning in October 2015. He is currently working as Elite Performance Coach with the Irish FA.

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