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Tuesday, 02 September 2014

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Murray new Barrow Raiders boss

ANTHONY Murray has been named as the new coach of Barrow Raiders.

The current Millom player/coach – who will bow out at Devonshire Road tomorrow – has been chosen as the successor to the sacked Darren Holt.

Murray, who will be assisted by Phil Atkinson and Dean Marwood, played for Barrow during a 10-year professional career, making 30 appearances and scoring 11 tries for the Craven Park outfit in 2001.

“I feel like I’ve served my apprenticeship at amateur level and when the Barrow job came up I thought I’d throw my hat into the ring,” said Murray, who has spent three seasons in charge of the Woollybacks.

“At the end of the day, you can only give it your best shot. I’ll put forward the experiences I’ve had as a player, the good coaches I’ve been under, and see where it goes.”

In a club statement, Barrow director of rugby Andy Gaffney said: “Anthony was a professional player at many top clubs and had a distinguished career under a selection of top quality coaches.

“In 2008, he became player/coach at Eccles until 2010 and in that time coached the NCL Eagles touring France. Since then, Anthony has coached Millom. He is now also working with Steve McCormack coaching the Scotland team.

“Anthony was one of the first of eight potential coaches to be interviewed and stood out immediately.

“We are delighted with the appointment of Anthony and now look forward to building the squad with Anthony utilising his many contacts in the rugby world.”

The statement added: “The club have the utmost confidence in Anthony, that he can take the club where we need to go.”

Murray has already begun looking for players to add to the eight signed up by the Raiders board.

He has targeted several positions he feels need improving and announcements on recruitment are expected in the coming weeks.

Have you say on Murray's appointment below.

See Friday’s Evening Mail for the full story and an in-depth interview with Murray.

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It will all end in tears.

Posted by Ben Bolton on 3 January 2014 at 08:23

Muz is one of the best young coaches around. He has to start somewhere like Cresta did why not give him a chance. Barrow is probs the hardest job in rugby league because they aren't expected to get anywhere but the fans who have probs never played rugby expect the coach to win the league. Give him 2 years n he will build it up

Posted by Flump warren millom chairman on 12 October 2013 at 13:17

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