David Murphy official PFA interview

By Givemefootball .com  February 26, 2008
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It was the right time in my career to leave and make the step forward....
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David Murphy was one of Alex McLeish's January signings at Birmingham as the player made a £1.5 million move from Hibernian to St Andrew's. For Murphy, it was a return to the top flight after beginning his career with Middlesbrough and the defender faces a relegation battle that has been improved by an unexpected bonus point against Arsenal last weekend. But the left back, 24 in March, will have his work cut out as Blues strive for Premier League survival. Generosity will not be one of his priorities in the cut-and-thrust of a relegation battle, but Murphy spoke to givemefootball's Ian Clarkson to explain that he does have a caring, sharing side to him.  

Q: WHEN YOU LEFT HIBS, CAN YOU EXPLAIN YOUR PARTING GIFT TO THE CLUB?

A: I gave my signing-on fee back and that was so they could put it into the academy and maybe bring on a few more good players, I just felt it was the right thing to do. Over the three-and-a-half years I was there, the club were great to me. And it's important that the club keeps developing even though they might not have the money. I felt it was important.

Q: SO EVEN THOUGH YOU HAD A SOFT SPOT FOR HIBS, YOU STILL WANTED TO COME TO BIRMINGHAM?

A: It was the right time in my career to leave and make the step forward. I had to move on to the right club and Birmingham is right because of the management team that are here. It was all a bit of a whirlwind in the end, then I had to wait for my debut as I'd had a knee injury and I had to find my fitness again. And it was good to finally get my first game under my belt. It was against Derby and we should have had that game won before they scored late on to get a draw from it.

Q: IS IT TRUE THAT ALEX MCLEISH CONSIDERED YOU FOR A CALL-UP WHEN HE WAS SCOTLAND MANAGER AND YOU WERE PLAYING FOR HIBS?

A: I was told that the gaffer did look into the possibility of me playing for Scotland, but there was never any discussion about it. I was born in England though, that's my country, I consider myself fully English, I haven't got any Scottish blood in me.

Q: SO WAS ENGLAND YOUR ONLY OPTION WHEN IT CAME TO INTERNATIONAL FOOTBALL?

A: There was a chance I could have qualified for Ireland but I was one generation out. Even then though I still thought of myself as English through and through. Playing for Hibernian, I think people might have thought I was Scottish but that wasn't the case!

Q: YOU'VE ARRIVED AT BIRMINGHAM AND BEEN PLUNGED RIGHT INTO THE MIDDLE OF A RELEGATION BATTLE. HAVE BLUES GOT WHAT IT TAKES TO SURVIVE IN THE PREMIER LEAGUE?

A: There's a decent set of players here and a good team spirit, which is a massive positive. If we can take that out on to the field then we'll be fine. Some new players arrived in January, including myself, and once they gel with the rest of the team I think we'll get results. And we've been showing that recently against some very good sides.

Q: THERE'S ONLY A FEW WEEKS OF THE SEASON LEFT THOUGH, DO YOU THINK IT WILL BE A TIGHT FINISH?

A: These are the kind of games I came here to be playing in, but we're not in a great position at the moment and it has to be turned around sooner rather than later. But I think there are enough good players here to keep us in the Premier League.

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