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'The club aren't looking to sell me'

5 August 2013

Coventry City goalkeeper Joe Murphy has denied the club are looking to sell him...

Coventry City goalkeeper Joe Murphy has denied the club are looking to sell him ahead of the Capital One Cup match against Leyton Orient.

The Sky Blues go into the game at the Matchroom Stadium looking for their first win of the season following the opening day loss at Crawley Town.

The 31-year old, who has made 104 appearances for the club in all competitions, has stated he is a Coventry City player and described the purpose of the manager's meeting.

The Irish keeper said: "I'm a Coventry City player, put it that way. There was a meeting with myself, Carl (Baker) and Leon (Clarke) on Friday.

"The meeting was about us, being the more experienced players, and making sure we help in keeping morale high in the squad.  

"For the younger lads in the side, they just want to be playing football. For us senior players, we can help keep the morale high and keep working hard.

"It is a tough time for the squad being deducted ten points the day before the first game. That was basically what the meeting was about, just making sure the squad keeps on task and keep the morale high."

The former Republic of Ireland international moved to the Sky Blues in June 2011 from Scunthorpe having played over 200 times for the Iron. 

Murphy continued, saying it has been a tough start for the squad with the points deduction.

He added: "It is a bad situation to be in for the squad as we want to start the season on zero points, rather than minus ten.

"I feel sorry for the gaffer and for the fans as it could set us back. We didn't ask for this, we didn't want this, it was out of our hands.

"But we have to get on with it and keep playing at the highest possible levels for the club. The club have not asked me to move on or look for another club.

"They have always said that they want everyone here. That is positive for the dressing room as we are quite a tight squad and we need to stick together."

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