Josh Murphy sees a silver lining in Norwich City’s fall from grace

Steven Gerrard of Liverpool and Josh Murphy of Norwich in action during the Barclays Premier League match at Carrow Road, Norwich. 
Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Steven Gerrard of Liverpool and Josh Murphy of Norwich in action during the Barclays Premier League match at Carrow Road, Norwich. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Monday, May 26, 2014
6:30 AM

Josh Murphy admits to mixed emotions after Norwich City’s season – but hopes relegation to the Championship might just open a window of opportunity.

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The 19-year-old established himself in City’s squad, but while the dream of playing in the Premier League came true, so did the nightmare as the Canaries slid into the second tier.

But Murphy believes he has the perfect motivation to kick-on next season after watching what has happened to the likes of close friend Raheem Sterling, Ross Barkley and Luke Shaw, who have all been named in England’s World Cup squad.

“I’ll look back on the season with mixed emotions, definitely,” said Murphy, who is currently with the England Under-19s at St George’s Park preparing for the Elite Round of qualification for the 2014 Uefa U19 European Championship.

“Obviously I made my debut and played in the Premier League nine times and got 13 appearances altogether, so from a personal point of view it’s been a great season – but obviously on a club level it hasn’t been that good with relegation.

“But you have to look at it as an opportunity and maybe it will open doors and create new chances in the Championship – which I’m going to relish.

“But if someone had said to me back in August that I would have played more than 10 games for the first team I would have bitten their hand off for it because I never thought it would happen so soon.

“I just need to kick on now, help Norwich get back into the Premier League and be playing week in week out like people like Raheem Sterling, Ross Barkley and Luke Shaw. That’s what you’ve got to aspire to.

“It’s crazy how things can change in such a short period of time,” he said. “I know Raheem [Sterling] well and we used to play in the same team together. Now he’s off to Brazil with the senior team and I’m so pleased for him. Obviously you’ve got Luke and Ross as well – who have been playing well all season too – and it just shows what the young players can do if they are given the chance.”

Murphy is part of an 18-man squad to face Scotland tonight – having beaten Montenegro 6-0 on Saturday, with Murphy winning a penalty and setting up another goal.

But Murphy knows there is work to do before he can follow in the steps of Sterling and Co.

“That’s what every young player has to aspire to and what’s happened to them is definitely a massive inspiration to us all,” he admitted.

“But I know I have a bit to go at the moment. I’m still young and I don’t have much experience. But I know if I keep my head down, keep giving my all every time I play or train – then my time will come.

“That starts now – I need to perform well every time I’m with England Under-19s, then hopefully progress to the Under-21s – and then who knows.

“But it’s certainly something you have to be thinking about – it’s not at the top of my short-term list, but I’m just going to strive and work so hard – and what’s happened to the guys shows that dreams can come true if you apply yourself correctly.”

15 comments

  • Maybe the journalists are so far up Mcnallys back side it is too dark to see the story

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    Canaryinslovenia

    Monday, May 26, 2014

  • Why is it that it is always bloggers on here breaking the story, what do the journalists at the EDP actually do, could they find a story if it was stuffed under their nose. Are they actually real people or just computers with a name attached to them

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    Canaryinslovenia

    Monday, May 26, 2014

  • You are not alone MB. Interesting post suffolk. Park fits the bill for Head of Recruitment. Doubts about our resolve or status to sign him assuming available. Not elaborating any further because it will disap......

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    Lincs Canary

    Monday, May 26, 2014

  • Bollox to your blockages, Archant.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, May 26, 2014

  • 3 perfectly polite attempts to connect with CWest & suffolkcanary blocked. I wonder why?

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, May 26, 2014

  • Well, CW, losing Turner would be a shame, I believe. Never mind, maybe it`s time for Ryan B. to make his mark? My point is unchanged; we need two or three solid citizens to help the youngsters get established. There is some history of chucking away players a bit too quickly? Iwan Roberts. Malky. Holt. Suffolkcanary, dispensing with a `Rangers` for a `Celtic` has resonance at The Carra these days. The bottom line indicates that Ewan Chester didn`t exactly set the world on fire. Is our range getting ever smaller? Will even Needham Market soon be seen as too remote? Next, `Nogdam End; Gateway to the Future`... NCFC - The Graveyard of Ambition.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, May 26, 2014

  • On the subject of youth, recruitment etc did anyone see this? This has cheered me somewhat as he comes with a great reputation but I expect we'll end up with someone from Needham Market instead... Norwich want Park as Director of Football CELTIC’S chief scout John Park is reportedly a target for recently-relegated Norwich City, according to The Sun. Park, who has led scouting at Celtic Park for the last eight years, is thought to be the Canaries’ top target for their role as Director of Football. If Park takes the job, he will replace former Rangers player recruitment boss Ewan Chester. (Sun)

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    suffolkcanary

    Monday, May 26, 2014

  • MB, Turner is out of contract from 1 July. I hope I am wrong, but I am pretty sure he will sign elsewhere.

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    CanaryWest

    Monday, May 26, 2014

  • One advantage that Neil had over all the other managerial candidates was his knowledge and experience of our youth team. He knows exactly who is ready to play a part next season. Could be crucial for us especially as we will lose first team members at some stage. Getting young, hungry players in will be so important.

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    Flying Canary

    Monday, May 26, 2014

  • I wonder why some of the articles are closed to comment? Young Bailey`s recent one, in which he shamelessly plagiarised my "expected a racing bike, got a pair of socks" Christmas present analogy, is one such. LYBirdie - it is rare that we are of an accord. Shalom!

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, May 26, 2014

  • Adams will know which youngsters are ready and also needs to get one or two experienced pros in who will instill this team with the correct mentality. Must play attacking football and ship out those who don't want to be there

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    Simon Thetford

    Monday, May 26, 2014

  • Spot on Mr Brewer.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Monday, May 26, 2014

  • The talented guys are there, but a few wise and inspirational `old heads` are needed to bring them along. Players of character, like Holt. Hoolahan could be `the man`, if he can be gotten back on board. Fox also, but he`s gone. Michael Turner has a solid "good ol` boy" look about him. I`m sure Neil Adams is well aware of the art & science of team building. It`s been absent from our club for two years. I hope, unlike Hughton, he understands the importance of the Captaincy. We`ve been a rudderless ship since Holt was pushed out.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, May 26, 2014

  • Without doubt most fans want to see both Murphy boys do well this season along with others from the youth cup winning team. Lets hope they can really set the Championship on fire so to speak then we can look forward to some exciting football at Carrow Road.

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    TrevorKeith

    Monday, May 26, 2014

  • I am sure that most of us want Josh to stay and do well. This is a opportunity for him to build his experience and do well, at least he seems to have the right attitude.

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    Swiss Canary

    Monday, May 26, 2014

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