Murphy comments irk LMA

Fulham midfielder criticised for speaking out against rash tackles

Murphy: Controversial comments

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The League Managers' Association have slammed Danny Murphy for publicly criticising certain clubs.

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In the wake of a number of rash tackles in the Premier League, Fulham midfielder Murphy claimed that some bosses send their players out too 'pumped up', leading to inevitable consequences.

He signalled out Wolves, Blackburn and Stoke as examples of clubs who are overly physical in their approach, leading to reckless challenges and serious injuries.

Murphy's comments have not gone down well with the LMA, with the Cottagers skipper deemed to have crossed the line.

Manager chiefs insist that no coach actively encourages his players to adopt a violent approach and are disappointed that Murphy has chosen to speak out on the matter.

A statement released by the LMA read: "It is inappropriate for individuals to direct criticism at certain managers who are honest, professional and continue to achieve success on the field with their clubs.

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"The accomplishments of the managers mentioned should be applauded rather than publicly judged.

"Professional football managers certainly do not incite their players to go out and cause injury to fellow professionals.

"Two of the three clubs mentioned (Blackburn and Stoke) have yet to receive a red card in the Barclays Premier League this season."

The LMA feel the pace of the modern game is to blame for the increase in mistimed tackles, not managers encouraging their players to bend the rules.

"Mistimed tackles by fractions of a second will happen and with that will be a potential risk of impact or injury but in no way does it follow that the actions are either deliberate or encouraged," added the statement.

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