Dejected Murphy throws after three years as Swifts boss

Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye''Saturday 24th October 2015 - Northern Ireland - Ballymena Utd vs Dungannon Swifts''Pictured is  Dungannon Swifts' Darren Murphy in action during the game held at the Ballymena Showgrounds '''Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye''Saturday 24th October 2015 - Northern Ireland - Ballymena Utd vs Dungannon Swifts''Pictured is Dungannon Swifts' Darren Murphy in action during the game held at the Ballymena Showgrounds '''Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye

Despondent Dungannon Swifts manager Darren Murphy quit his postfollowing Saturday’s disappointing 1-0 defeat by ten-man Ballymena United.

David Cushley’s last-gasp winner was the last straw for the former Linfield player as it sealed the points for the Sky Blues – who also had Matt Tipton sent off early in the second period at The Showgrounds.

Murphy insisted that it was the right time to stand down, with the side occupying the next-to-bottom spot in the Premiership, four point above the automatic relegation position.

“There have been too many times this year when the team have gone through the motions and I just feel today is the right time to go,” said Murphy.

“For the amount of commitment and effort I put in, I don’t feel I have got enough back this season” explained the Portadown man, who had also worn the Swifts jersey with pride.

“I’ve been in the Irish League for 24 years but there is only so much you can do as a manager. I don’t want to overstay my welcome and people to forget the good times we have had.

“There are a lot of great people at Stangmore Park, but all things come to an end, and I think it needs a fresh face and a fresh voice to inject a wee bit of life into the club.”