By Wayne Veysey

5th Jul, 2021 | 3:45pm

Sources: Man City open talks to appoint Barry-Murphy after he quits north-west club

Brian Barry-Murphy is in talks with Man City to become their new Under-23s manager, Football Insider can exclusively reveal.

The 42-year-old Irishman quit as Rochdale manager last week after asking to be released from his contract.

A City source has told Football Insider that the club are in negotiations with Barry-Murphy to replace Enzo Maresca.

The Italian left the Premier League giants’ academy set-up earlier this summer to become the manager of Parma following their relegation from Serie A.

Maresca took over City’s Under-23s side last summer after Paul Harsley quit the club to join Birmingham City.

He led the club to the Premier League 2 Division 1 title last term.

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The 41-year-old made no secret of his desire to make the step up to first-team management and got his wish at the end of May.

Barry-Murphy spent over two years in charge of Rochdale after initially taking temporary charge in March 2019.

The former midfielder spent the last eight years of his playing career representing the Dale.

As a manager, he ended his tenure with a win rate of 31.2 per cent.

The club suffered relegation to League Two last season after finishing fourth bottom of League One, one point from safety.

Barry-Murphy resigned at the end of June bringing to an end 11 years of service as a player, coach and manager.

The League Two outfit are yet to appoint his successor.

In other news, Man City have opened the door for Celtic to sign a “cracking” player.