The former Sheffield Wednesday player, Brian Barry-Murphy, has landed his first role in management.

Barry-Murphy appeared 58 times for Wednesday between January 2003 and May 2004.

The former Preston North End man joined Bury later that summer and remained at Gigg Lane until his retirement nine years ago.

 

Now 40, it is at another Lancastrian club, Rochdale, that Barry-Murphy had been working as a coach.

Brian Barry-Murphy of Bury  (Photo by Pete Norton/Getty Images)

And after Keith Hill’s sacking last month it was to him that Rochdale turned as caretaker manager – a spell that yielded two wins and as many draws from four games.

So it was perhaps no surprise therefore to see Barry-Murphy named as Hill’s permanent successor, signing a two-year contract, on Wednesday.

Rochdale remain in League One’s bottom three but on goal difference only, and have a game in hand on those around them.

Nigel Clough, manager of Burton Albion (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Three other former Owls players, Nigel Clough (Burton), Graham Coughlan (Bristol Rovers) and Mark Robins (Coventry) – one of Barry-Murphy’s old teammates at Hillsborough – are currently managing clubs in England’s third tier.