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Darren to leave Hearts

9th October 2013

Darren Murray set to leave Hearts to take up a new post at League One outfit Coventry City.

Heart of Midlothian Football Club can today confirm that Darren Murray will be leaving Tynecastle and is set to join Coventry City Football Club.

The U20s coach and Player Development Manager moves on from the club to take up a similar role at the Sky Blues.

Darren is poised to link up with ex-Hearts captain and now manager of Coventry City Steven Pressley, following 14 years in Gorgie.

Speaking exclusively to Hearts News about the move, Darren said: "Going to Coventry City is a great opportunity for me and England is the next step in terms of my development, so it's exciting times.

"I'd like to thank Hearts and I'm going on good terms. This place has been a massive part of my life and my development. I've got to thank John McGlynn for bringing me into the club back in 1999 and especially John Murray who has let me by myself, do things my way and develop as much as I can. Special mention too to Gary Locke and I really hope he tastes success with this group of talented young players.

"The club has been particularly good to me during some difficult times with family illness. It's a big wrench to leave this football club and an even bigger wrench to, initially, leave my family up here. So it's not a decision that I took lightly.

"The players have been fantastic and have bought into my philosophy and without that then I might not have made it as far along as I have. Hopefully the boys can push on and stay up this season as the talent is definitely there. Hearts will always be the first result I look for."

A Hearts spokesperson said: "We wish Darren all the very best in this next chapter of his career. He has become an integral part of this football club and we will always be grateful for his development of many of the young stars who currently grace the first team, but we felt that we could not stand in his way when this opportunity was afforded to him."