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EFL legend surprises fans by being appointed by Turkish giants Besiktas

EFL legend Adam Murray surprises fans by being appointed as an assistant coach to Valerian Ismael by Turkish giants Besiktas.

Murray, who worked under Ismael at Barnsley and West Bromwich Albion, has gone viral, with a post about his move getting over ten thousand likes.

Besiktas are one of the biggest clubs in Turkey with 21 top-division titles to their name, however they surprisingly sit eighth in the Super Lig with eight games of the season remaining.

“Proud and honoured to be the assistant coach at Besiktas, an amazing club with brilliant, passionate fans. Let’s do this.” Murray wrote via his Twitter.

Adam Murray is an English football manager and former professional footballer who had been assisting acting manager Andy Crosby at League Two club Port Vale.

As a creative midfielder, he made over 500 appearances in a 17 year playing career in the Premier League, EFL and Conference.

He was an England U20 international before turning professional at Derby County, made his Premier League debut in April 1999 and played 62 games in six seasons at Derby, including 32 Premier League matches, though struggled with alcoholism and spent four weeks in recovery at the Priory Hospital.

He spent time on loan at Mansfield Town (winning promotion out of the Third Division in 2002) and Kidderminster, before departing Derby in November 2003.

He had brief non-contract spells at the likes of Notts County and Burton Albion, before seeing out the 2003–04 season with Kiddy.

He signed with Mansfield Town in June 2004, moving on to Carlisle in March 2005 and helped the Cumbrian outfit to win promotion back into the Football League through the Conference National play-offs in 2005 and then to win the League Two title in 2005–06, whilst also reaching the 2006 Football League Trophy final.

He joined Torquay for a £10,000 fee in August 2006 and was sold to Macclesfield Town for £17,500 in January 2007, returning to the Conference when linking up with Oxford United in January 2008.

He spent two-and-a-half seasons at the U’s, and was club captain for much of his 97 appearances, but missed the second half of the 2009–10 campaign and the 2010 play-off final victory due to injury. He remained in the Conference (now National League), signing with Luton in July 2010.

Three months later he was loaned out to Mansfield in a deal which was made permanent in January 2011 and spent four-and-a-half seasons with the Stags, taking his final tally with the club over his four different spells to 211 games and 24 goals.

He featured on the losing side in the 2011 FA Trophy Final and was named as the club’s Player of the Season as Mansfield won promotion into the Football League as champions of the Conference Premier in 2012–13. He had short loan spells at Rainworth Miners Welfare and Worksop Town after falling out of favour in 2013. He retired from playing at the end of the 2014–15 season, though briefly came out of retirement to play for Sutton Coldfield in 2018.

He was named as Mansfield’s assistant manager whilst still a player and became caretaker-manager in November 2014 and got the job permanently the following month, aged just 33, going on to keep the club in League Two with a 21st-place finish.

A 12th-place finish followed in the 2015–16 season, before he quit the club in November 2016 and was named as Boston United manager the next month, taking the club to a 15th-place finish in the National League North at the end of the 2016–17 season.

He resigned in October 2017 and was named as assistant manager at Guiseley the following month, though left Guiseley in February 2018 and went on to coach at Burton Albion, Barnsley, West Bromwich Albion and Port Vale before being Barnsley caretaker-manager in October 2019 and October 2020.

MURRAY’S PLAYING CAREER:

Youth career
1993–1998 – Derby County

Senior career
1998–2003 – Derby County – 54 games (0 goals)
2002 → Mansfield Town (loan) – 13 games (7 goals)
2003 → Kidderminster Harriers (loan) – 3 games (0 goals)
2003 – Notts County – 1 game (0 goals)
2003 – Burton Albion – 2 games (0 goals)
2003–2004 – Notts County – 2 games (0 goals)
2004 – Kidderminster Harriers – 19 games (3 goals)
2004–2005 – Mansfield Town – 32 games (5 goals)
2005–2006 – Carlisle United – 47 games (2 goals)
2006–2007 – Torquay United – 21 games (0 goals)
2007–2008 – Macclesfield Town – 34 games (0 goals)
2008–2010 – Oxford United – 88 games (11 goals)
2010 – Luton Town – 7 games (0 goals)
2010–2011 → Mansfield Town (loan) – 12 games (1 goal)
2011–2015 – Mansfield Town – 127 games (10 goals)
2013 → Rainworth Miners Welfare (loan)
2013 → Worksop Town (loan) – 4 games (0 goals)
2018 – Sutton Coldfield
Total – 466 games (39 goals)

National team
2002 – England U20 – 1 game (0 goals)

Twitter users reacted as the EFL legend surprises fans by being appointed by Turkish giants Besiktas…

@Tunc_Tg: Sir, Welcome to Beşiktaş. I wish, we’ll see great season together. Firstly I need to say something (very important) ; our club was champion three times at last 6 seasons , so we don’t need another champ immediately but necessary powerful and young team for next years. Good Luck 🦅

@H4rryH4rris: All the best muz. Great opportunity 👍🏼

@springvalered: Get plenty of suncream on thi napper

@PhilKorklin: Absolute class that. Huge congrats.

@DarleysNo6: Good luck Adam, most Rams fans know how you’ve battled to get to this position and we can only wish you well

@The_Only_LeeH: Congratulations Adam and thank you for all your help at #PVFC

@BerkeHutchinson: Good Luck Murray 🦅

@BoraXXIV:
Good luck Murray
Beşiktaş fans are with you
We’re gonna make it!

@wally_carl: Good luck mate hope it all goes well!!! 🐏🐏🐏🐏 #dcfc

@danmilgate: Some guy 💪🏼 smashing it mate

@derbystott: Congratulations Adam and good luck for the future, I’m sure you will give it your best, new chapter 💪

@benny_berger: What a journey! Enjoy the ride, Adam!

@Rwestonn: Wasn’t this guy linked to Barrow at one point

@ExBerlinYellow: Just waiting for someone to tell me that Simon Clist is First Team Coach at Ferencvaros and Dannie Bulman manages Panathinaikos

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