Manchester United have announced the unveiling of a statue of legendary assistant manager Jimmy Murphy.
Murphy joined United in 1946 as chief coach to Sir Matt Busby, who prioritised the signing of the Welshman upon his appointment at the club.
Following the Munich Air Disaster in 1958, Murphy was pivotal in assembling a makeshift squad to keep the Red Devils afloat while Busby recovered from life-threatening injuries.
He later became an instrumental figure at Old Trafford and helped the club through its toughest period in history.
In a statement on their official website (manutd.com), the club announced they will unveil a statue of Murphy on May 3, 2023.
The date will mark 65 years since the Welshman led a young and dilapidated United to the FA Cup final.
The club made its intentions clear to honour Murphy’s legacy last year. The efforts have finally reached their fruition as the Red Devils, in collaboration with Murphy’s family and United supporters, will unveil the statue at the Stretford End.
Collette Roche, United’s chief operating officer, said: “Jimmy Murphy was one of the most important figures in the history of this great club.
“He was not only Sir Matt Busby’s chief coach and then assistant for 25 years but, perhaps most importantly, led us out of the darkest period in our history.
“In those terrible days after the Munich tragedy, Jimmy was the man who held this club together and built a team that reached the FA Cup final.
“No matter the result, it was a remarkable achievement to even be at Wembley – something that, on February 6, 1958, seemed inconceivable.”
Murphy was the manager of Wales in 1958, on the fateful day when the Munich Air Disaster occurred.
He did not travel on the day as Wales took on Brazil in a 1-0 loss. He remained at United as assistant manager until 1971.
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