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Manchester City EDS boss Brian Barry-Murphy touted as Cardiff City’s next manager

Brian Barry-Murphy, who only joined Man City in the summer, has been touted as Cardiff City’s next manager.

Brian Barry-Murphy, manager of Manchester City EDS (Elite Development Squad), has been linked to the managerial vacancy at Cardiff City.

The Championship club has parted ways with Mick McCarthy after poor form and has now begun the search for his replacement.

There are a whole host of names associated with the track and one name that comes out of the blue is Barry-Murphy.

A report from WalesOnline says the City coach is being considered, with a focus on recruiting a young manager and he is a name that fits the bill.

Barry-Murphy is just starting out in management and has only been with City since July 2021. Before taking charge of the EDS squad, a team made up mostly of players under 23, the Irishman was manager of nearby Rochdale.

But given that he’s only been in service for a few months, a departure from City may seem unlikely, especially with Cardiff embroiled in a relegation battle with his current side firing on all cylinders.

His young City side is now top of Premier League 2 after six wins, two draws, and one defeat, and that loss will come to Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday.

Should he forgo a return to senior management, there are other names with City connections as well.

Also under consideration is former Citizens winger Craig Bellamy, who spent a season and a half with the club before being loaned out to the Bluebirds for a season.

Bellamy recently worked in Belgium, where she teamed up with City legend Vincent Kompany at Anderlecht.

Another name is Mark Bowen, who worked under Mark Hughes as an assistant manager from 2008 to 2009.

Bowen was mainly an assistant to Hughes throughout his career but was a Head Coach at Reading for a season before being fired last year.

Could Barry Murphy leave then?

Not only does the EDS team aim to develop players like academy products Cole Palmer, but it also aims to improve the coaching skills of their managers.

For example, Patrick Viera was in charge of the development side for three years and later moved to New York City’s City Football Group side, before earning the job with French outfit Nice. Viera is now back in the Premier League with Crystal Palace.

Enzo Maresca, Barry-Murphy’s predecessor, is now also in senior management, leading Parma in the second tier of Italian football.

Maresca was only with the club for one season but delivered their first PL2 title, which attracted interest from other teams.

However, he saw the season out and now it’s important that Barry Murphy do as City hold him in very high regard and actually wanted him a year before his appointment.

From a City point of view, the players are happy to work with Barry-Murphy, earlier this month goalkeeper Mikki Van Sas called him a ‘brilliant coach’ on the official club website.

Given the rapport he has built with these players and the short duration he spent in the role, it seems unlikely that there will be a departure from City.