Curbs angered by Murphy talk
By Chris Stanton
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Alan Curbishley has revealed that transfer talk is beginning to irk Danny Murphy.
Charlton manager Alan Curbishley has revealed that recent transfer speculation is beginning to irk midfielder Danny Murphy.
With the transfer window now open for business, speculation has increased regarding the future of Murphy, whose form, after an excellent start to the season has, like that of his side, tailed off in recent weeks.
Despite talk of a rift with his manager, Murphy remains integral to the Valley outfit's chances of a top-ten finish in The Premiership this season and Curbishley revealed that he met with Murphy in an attempt to dispel the rumours.
"I have seen it again today, and spoke to Danny about it yesterday afternoon at great length and have put it to bed - there is nothing in anything," said Curbishley.
"I think he is as miffed about things going in the paper, but we can't stop that."
While Murphy has been linked with a move to either Manchester City or Newcastle, other Addicks have also been the subject of rumour-mongering.
The names of Dean Kiely and Darren Bent continue to attract column inches in the transfer window rumour mill and Curbishley admits the speculation has had an unsettling effect on his squad.
"Players do read it, it is unsettling and I think it has unsettled Danny a little bit, which is why we have had a couple of chats since," added Curbishley.
"But if anybody is looking at our players, then they will be all looking at the same names."
Curbishley now hopes Saturday's FA Cup tie with Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough will provide welcome relief from the club's struggles in The Premiership and the continued speculation.
"With where we are at the moment, the FA Cup could give us a little bit of a spark," admitted Curbishley.
"If we can get a result at Hillsborough and get in the draw, perhaps with a decent tie, then that can keep the season going a bit with everyone looking forward, with a bit of a hope of success."