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Murphy will inspire Blues, says McAree

Rodney McAree has backed his former Dungannon Swifts comrade Darren Murphy to be a smash hit at Linfield after he accepted a coaching role at the club.

The IFA Elite Performance Coach, who was a Blues defender for four years, was linked with the vacant manager's post at Glentoran but has now become part of Linfield boss David Healy's backroom staff.

Murphy will take up the coaching role from June 1, succeeding Alfie Wylie, who was deemed surplus to requirements by Healy.

"I'm sure Darren can do a great job for Linfield," said Swifts boss McAree, who was in charge of the Tyrone side alongside Murphy from 2012 until the former Linfield midfielder stepped down in 2015.

"He won a lot of trophies at the Blues and will know what it takes to win. He's an experienced coach and I'm sure he's buzzing to be involved again at such a big club in the Premiership."

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