Fulham’s Danny Murphy drops out as England pundit

Posted by - October 12, 2010 - England, Fulham

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Danny Murphy Fulham ITV Mark Hughes

As a former Wales manager, Mark Hughes knows all about players dropping their international commitments at short notice. But is now seems he is behind an international withdrawal with a twist.

His Fulham skipper Danny Murphy has decided not to appear as a pundit on tonight’s ITV coverage of the England v Montenegro match. The decision follows a week of controversy for the ex-Liverpool midfielder.

Last week, Murphy told the Leaders in Football conference that Blackburn’s Sam Allardyce, Stoke’s Tony Pulis and Wolves’ Mick McCarthy send their players onto the pitch “so pumped up there are inevitably going to be problems”. His comments have drawn a written response from the League Managers Association, which called his comments “inappropriate”.

Murphy is said to have met Hughes after training yesterday and the pair decided by “mutual consent” that it was best for him to keep a lower profile this week rather than face the inevitable further questioning on live TV.

  • Rob

    Pathetic but predictable.
    Unusual to have a current player talk any sense – he is bang on with his comments regarding Blackburn, Wolves & Stoke.
    No doubt the media circus will be whipped up by those that don’t like the honesty of Murphy’s views. Allardyce & Co just hide behind ‘the old fashioned get up ’em’ when the reality is it is just thuggery on the pitch because of an inability to compete playing football.

  • Nick

    No matter what you think of him, Murphy is an intelligent bloke and had the bottle to say what he thinks – and as far as I’m concerned he wasn’t far wrong. I’ve no problem with hard tackles, tackles that are intended to show an opponent that they are in for a tough game but I do object to the tackle that is wreckless and intended to take out an opponent regardless of whether the ball is won or not. The sooner we get rid of the talentless thugs who compensate for their football inability by brute force and maiming talented opponents, the better – we all know who they are, it’s about time the LMA, managers and players acknowledged that there is no place for them in the modern game.