BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 10: Danny Murphy of Fulham reacts after receiving a blow to the eye during the Barclays Premier League match between Aston Villa and Fulham at Villa Park on March 10, 2012 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
Fulham captain Danny Murphy has eradicated any fears that he is set to quit Craven Cottage in a lucrative coaching move to local rivals Queens Park Rangers, stating that he's happy in SW6.
Last week it was reported that current QPR manager Mark Hughes was looking to reunite with Murphy, whom he worked with while at Fulham last year, and was prepared to offer him a deal in which the former Liverpool man would play a coaching role at Loftus Road. Murphy has said before that a future in management and coaching interests him.
Current Fulham boss, Martin Jol, was reserved in his plea to keep Murphy, simply stating that he could play a similar role - in the coaching setup - at Craven Cottage. There was no staunch defence of his current skipper, just a mere affirmation that Murphy was indeed nearing the end of his current contract, which expires in June.
There was yet more fuel added to the fire when Hughes himself declined to talk about the subject. Murphy, though, has taken the initiative and quelled the burgeoning fear.
"I have spoken to the club a couple of times but there's no great urgency with me because I'm happy and they are happy with me," the 35 year-old told The Sun.
He also took his time to praise the current level of the squad, claiming "it is as good as it's been."
"You can take three or four out and put three or four in and not worry."
We must now, thankfully, assume one of those 'three or four', won't be Danny Murphy.