By Harry Sykes
Danny Murphy has revealed how Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy paved the way for him to leave the club after he grew disillusioned at his absence of football.
Murphy quit White Hart Lane after 18 months in 2007 because he was unable to secure a regular place in the starting X1 under Martin Jol.
There were rumours of a bust-ups with Jol but the former midfielder, who joined Tottenham from Charlton after seven years at Liverpool, explained that he grew tired of warming the bench at White Hart Lane and pushed for a transfer.
Speaking on Sky Sports’ Fantasy Football Club programme on Friday night, Murphy said: “The football side didn’t go as well as I liked but I have great memories of the place. The club was in a position of trying to move forward, they were trying to become a bigger club.
“At the beginning of next season I had a run in the side and did quite well. Unfortunately my old man got sick which scuppered me a little bit and I ended up moving on.”
Spurs chairman Levy is renowned as a ruthless businessman and negotiator but Murphy, now 40, recalled a more considerate side to the senior man at the club.
“I had to leave and Daniel Levy helped me do that,” he added to the Fantasy Football Club show. “He was very good with me and I ended up going to Fulham.
“There’s always been a balance of earning a living and enjoying your football.
“I can’t go more than half a season without playing because it affects me and my family so negatively, because I love playing.
“I enjoy training, I don’t love it, it gets hard work in the winter when you’ve played for 15 years.
“But I love matchdays and love playing. Turning up on a matchday and sitting on the bench, once in a while is fine, you’re injured for a few weeks it’s not the end of the world.”
Murphy spent five years at Fulham after leaving Spurs and was a key member of the team that was an Premier League club and had a memorable run to the Europa League final when Roy Hodgson was manager.
Murphy is now a BBC pundit and a regular on Match of the Day, using the experience gleaned from 20 years of professional football.
In other Tottenham transfer news, a striker has signed after Spurs agreed terms.