Murphy back in charge

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Alex Murphy, who coached Warrington to their glittering successes in the 1970s, takes charge again for today's match against Wigan, after John Dorahy became the latest Super League coaching casualty on Saturday.

Dorahy resigned after talks with the club's directors, although it seems that he had little real choice in the matter.

"John knew things were not going right and he did the honorable thing," said Murphy, who coached Warrington between 1971 and 1978 and became their football executive last year.

Dorahy has now lasted just a year at each of his three English clubs - Halifax, Wigan and Warrington. Three Super League defeats culminating in a 32-18 loss at Sheffield Eagles on Good Friday proved the final straw for Dorahy.

Murphy will be assisted by the long-serving Warrington player Paul Cullen until a permanent appointment is made. Cullen was promoted to assistant coach earlier this month, at the same time as three first-team players were sacked - the first sign of panic setting in at Wilderspool.

Dorahy has become the third Super League coach to leave his club at this early stage of the season. Wigan's Graham West was sacked after refusing to be moved upstairs as football manager at Central Park, while the Halifax coach, Steve Simms, resigned after his side were knocked out of the Challenge Cup by Keighley.

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