The Rams are currently in fourth chasing a two point gap from the sides above them in the Championship, but Murphy feels they are already in good shape should they go up.
“I look at Derby and I think they’ll be okay – they’ve got a big stadium and good support which matters,” he said.
The Rams do have recent experience of being a Premier League club and an experienced manager in the form of Steve McClaren, who will be keen for the side to pull through a recent difficult patch in results.
Fortunately, the other sides chasing an automatic promotion place haven’t pulled away from the club and they have every chance of finishing first or second by the end of the season.
The stadium is important because it ensures the club will cope well with the extra demands of Premier League football.
It’s also something which creates extra revenue possibilities and would allow them club to restructure their current commercial agreements.
The support base is also significant because of gate receipts and the fact the team will need a loud and large crowd behind them for those matches against the Premier League giants.
They just need to set up the circumstances for those two benefits to be exploited.