murphy ready to make royalists a force again

NEW Hawick Royal Albert coach Mick Murphy has vowed to follow the Kenny Dalglish blueprint for success.

The Liverpool legend made a return to the Anfield hotseat earlier this season after almost 12 years away – and has quickly turned around the Reds’ fortunes.

Murphy, who has been out of the game for eight years, may have an even greater challenge on his hands in trying to reinvigorate a Royal Albert side that has been in the doldrums for several seasons, are without a victory at home in nearly two years and have yet to win a game all season.

But as he prepares for his third spell in charge at Albert Park, he told the Hawick News he’s up for the challenge.

He said: “I know I’ve taken on a big job as the Albert manager, but I’m very ambitious. I’ll be giving it a real go to try to make the Albert the force they should be.

“Things won’t happen overnight. I know that they’ve been struggling and haven’t won a game for a long time, but I’ll be disappointed if we don’t win one or two games before the end of the season.

“I know I’ve been out of football for quite a while, but so was Kenny Dalglish and he has come back and started to turn Liverpool around.

“I would like to think I can do the same with the Albert.”

The former Coldstream and Selkirk boss will be keeping Davie Aitkin as a coach, while former Royalists player Stuart Sharkey will be his assistant.

“Stuart is an ex-Albert player and he also played in the Border Amateur league,” said Murphy. “He’ll be a good man to have at the club and I’m looking forward to working with him.”

One of the big problems from previous regimes at Albert Park has been attracting local players to the club, although he has already signed up Chris Batten, Liam Lavery and Craig Wilson. And he is looking to recruit more.

He added: “New faces need to be brought into the side. I know there are boys playing in Wilton Lodge Park for the town’s amateur teams who are more than good enough to play for the Albert and in East of Scotland football.

“There are some very good players in Ancrum, Jedburgh and Gala who should be playing in the East of Scotland League.

“And, like the Hawick boys, there are the guys I’m keen to bring to Albert Park.

“The new committee is coming up with good ideas, such as trying to fix up pre-season friendlies with top senior clubs and I feel the club is heading in the right direction.”