Colin Murphy

Colin Murphy is a vastly experienced manager both domestically and also at international level.

He initially entered football management with Derby County and would later go on to manage the national team of Vietnam.

After Derby, Murphy then took charge of Lincoln City where he would enjoy considerable success. Murphy guided the club to promotion to Division Three in the 1980–81 season as they finished runners up to Southend United.

The following season, Lincoln knocked out First Division side Leicester City in the League Cup and lead Division Three for a number of months.

Colin spent seven years at Sincil Bank. 10 days after his departure, Lincoln played Bradford on the final day of the season in the game where 56 spectators burnt to death in the Bradford City disaster.

The Murphy era is fondly remembered by the Imps faithful as one of finest teams in Lincoln's history, with players such as Steve Thompson and John Fashanu (both signed by Murphy).

Murphy returned to management with Stockport County in a reign that will be remembered with Murphy guiding the club's dramatic escape from relegation to the Conference at the expense of Lincoln City.

He rejoined Lincoln City on 26 May 1987 for his second spell in charge. More success followed as three years he led the club back to league football in his first season and secured two tenth place finishes in Division Four.

Murphy then managed Southend United and Shelbourne from December 1994 to May 1995. He took the club from the edge of the relegation zone to title contenders. He also led the club to the FAI Cup final.

He then left to manage Notts County and during his time with the Magpies he led the club to a play-off final.

Murphy then added international experience to his impressive CV by becoming the manager of Vietnam. After his spell overseas, he then became manager of Cork City.

Murphy later joined Hull City in 2002 as Assistant Manager to Peter Taylor.

When Phil Parkinson then took charge at Hull, Murphy took up the new role of Director of Development at the club - responsible for all scouting and youth development. He reverted to Assistant Manager, however, when Barlow left the club towards the end of October.

After Phil Parkinson left the club, Murphy was appointed joint caretaker manager with Phil Brown. When Brown was appointed manager, Murphy, reverted back the club's assistant for the remainder of the season. He resumed the role of Director of Development when Brian Horton was appointed by Hull.

Murphy later retired from his role at Hull City.

Honours (2)
  • promotions
    • Lincoln City:
      • Promotion to Football League Division Four, (1988-05-09)
      • Promotion to Football League Division Three, (1981-05-02)
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