Jimmy Barry Murphy was on the show talking about his son Brian who works with Manchester City’s EDS and with Pep Guardiola, Roy Keane praise, and more.
Jimmy Barry Murphy says his son Brian loves working in a high-pressure atmosphere at Manchester City under Pep Guardiola.
The younger of the two works with the EDS (Elite Development Squad) at The Etihad, and has led the Cityzens to back-to-back Premier League 2 titles.
“I’ve been over a few times to visit Brian and, as you say, he’s manager of the Academy,” says JBM.
“It’s a pressurised job too.
“There’s nothing like managing your own county because you would get plenty more stick that you would in Manchester — you wouldn’t see half the followers, pretty much anyway.
“Whereas Cork or Offaly, you’re meeting them every day of the week.
“You can’t go out for a pint without getting a lecture about it. But you take it on and you know it.
“When you’re managing Cork, it becomes a bit of a drug because you always feel like next year might be better. Other people might not think so,” he laughs.
“No I haven’t met Pep, no,” he says with a smile when asked about the City boss.
“Brian meets him every day, they work together. He meets all the players every day but I have never met any of the senior players.
“I wouldn’t be going out to get in the way of the whole scene there, it’s a fairly highly intense situation and I don’t think Pep would be looking forward to seeing me!
“He loves it,” Jimmy adds of Brian’s work. “He’s working in a high-intensity, pressure environment, which he loves.
“He was manager of Rochdale and then he was offered this job by Jason Wilcox to take over the Academy, and they have had a great couple of years.
“They’re very demanding, there’s high standards applied, and I suppose you’re dealing with some of the lite Under-23 players in Europe, so your job is to develop them and see if they can make the Manchester City senior squad, to go on big careers otherwise.
“As we have seen with Gavin Bazunu who has gone to Southampton and Remeo Lavia who has also gone to Southampton.
“A lot of them don’t make it at Manchester City but they have careers elsewhere, and you can see what that becomes afterwards for them.”
Roy Keane namechecked Jimmy Barry Murphy when asked who his most-admired sportspeople were during a conversation on Sky TV last year, which garnered huge attention in Ireland.
“Yeah it was lovely yeah, really nice,” says JBM. “I’ve met Roy a couple of times, not very often, but I wouldn’t know him personally.
“Brian has met him in Manchester quite a bit because they’re living near the same area and he has bumped into him for a cup of coffee and that.
“I wouldn’t have come across him very much but it was a lovely thing to say. I got a kick out of it and I got plenty of slagging over it, of course.
“It was great. He is a huge hero around Cork. He’s box-office entertainment and calls it as he sees it.
“I got a kick out of it, I must say.”