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DUFFY ‘SURPRISED’ AT MORTON AXE

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JIM DUFFY is determined to stay in football following his sacking from Championship side Morton.

The 59-year-old boss was axed after the Cappielow side’s 3-0 home defeat from Inverness Caley Thistle dumped them into seventh place in the division.

Pressure had been growing on Duffy and the club issued a statement which read: “Greenock Morton Football Club announce that Jim Duffy has left his position as manager having parted company with the club by mutual consent.

“We would like to thank Jim for his hard work and commitment to the club over the course of his four seasons here at Cappielow and wish him the very best of luck in his future career.

“The board of directors will now focus on identifying and recruiting the right person to take Morton forward.

“The club will make no additional comment at this time, but will provide further updates as soon as possible.”

Duffy said: “You don’t often get surprised by much in football, but I was surprised by this. I didn’t see it coming.

“You wouldn’t be human if there wasn’t a sense of personal disappointment when you lose any job and I’m no different.

“But I absolutely want to stay in the game.”

Livingston gaffer David Hopkin, a former youth coach at the Greenock outfit, has emerged as favourite to take over from Duffy.

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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