Lee Clark described it as a ‘sad day’ for the club after news of David Murphy’s retirement was announced earlier this morning.
The long-serving Blues defender made 132 appearances during his six years at St. Andrew’s, but reoccurring knee problems have limited him to only 20 games during Clark’s two seasons at the helm. Just two days after turning 30, the former Middlesbrough and Hibernian man made the heart-wrenching decision to call time on his career.
In reaction, Clark reiterated his opinion that Murphy was the most talented left-back the Championship had seen in recent years.
“From a personal point of view, it’s always sad when a player has to end his career through injury,” the Blues boss admitted to bcfc.com. “It’s a career that had no much potential. He’s done a lot during his time in the game but he could have done even more because of his ability. He’s still a young age really, and should be coming into his best years. It’s a sad day.
“When I joined the club I was looking forward to working with the two best full-backs in the division in my team. But unfortunately Stephen Carr had to make the same decision and didn’t play many games under me. David has been the same and we’ve basically lost the two best full-backs outside of the Premier League because of circumstances beyond my control, which has been a big blow.”
Clark added: “I don’t know where Murph’s future lies and whether he plans to go into coaching but the club and myself would be prepared to help him on that side of things. I know he’s got other interests outside the game and we wish him well, whatever he decides to do.”