Lotto NRFL second division champions Onehunga Mangere United will refresh their coaching line-up this season after the departure of last year’s head coach Brian Murphy.
Murphy has crossed the Tasman to become head coach at Magpies Crusaders United in Mackay, Queensland.
The Irishman said the chance to take up a full-time role was too good to miss.
“Football really is a funny old game and this came out of the blue,” he told United’s website.
“It was an opportunity that was too good to turn down. I’m excited to be a Magpie and back in full-time football.”
Onehunga Mangere United have advertised several coaching roles in December, including:
- Director of Football (requires minimum of B Licence)
- NRFL Division 1 head coach (requires minimum of B Licence)
- NRF Division 1 women’s head coach (requires minimum of C Licence)
Last year’s disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic threatened to take the gloss off a successful season by United who clinched the Lotto NRFL second division before the season was prematurely ended.
However, in December, the players were finally able to lay their hands on the Pascoe Shield and celebrate the title and their promotion.
The club was also due to hold celebrations for their 100th anniversary last year but these events have been held over, with the club hoping to hold them in 2022.