UK time is: 16:04:36
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Leeds move ends Doyle era

Thursday's surprise bit of transfer market business for Coventry City saw midfielder Michael Doyle join Leeds United on a season-long loan deal.

Just days before the season, the signings of Sammy Clingan and Michael McIndoe allowed Chris Coleman to move on a player who has been a virtual ever-present for the Sky Blues since joining from Celtic in the summer of 2003.

Nearly 250 league appearances for the Irishman show that he was a first-choice for Gary McAllister, Eric Black, Peter Reid, Micky Adams, Iain Dowie and last season, Coleman himself.

But despite that and his undoubted qualities, did Doyle's constant presence in the team symbolise the stagnation that City have been in for the past decade?

At no time has a move to the top-flight looked likely and Doyle never established himself as a true fans favourite although he was generally well-regarded and it could be said he would have benefitted from being part of a better team.

For the first time in seven seasons however, City will start the season without Doyle as a regular in the side and given the mind-numbing averageness of most of those campaigns that has to be worth a go if things are to change for the better in the long-term.




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The Journalist

Writer: CCFC Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday August 7 2009

Time: 6:00AM

Your Comments (oldest first)

Change to most recent first
what a great last paragraph, how true
wolstc
Report Abuse
07/08/2009 12:53:00

does anyone think he'll do well in league 1
benlufc
Report Abuse
12/08/2009 10:31:00

 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Coventry City Articles

Stats: Barnsley v Coventry City (Thursday March 5 2015)

CCFC: Oakwell Reflections (Wednesday March 4 2015)

Sky Blues Undone By Set Piece (Tuesday March 3 2015)

Tykes v Sky Blues (Monday March 2 2015)

Monday The Day For New CCFC Boss? (Monday March 2 2015)

Stats: Coventry City v MK Dons (Saturday February 28 2015)

Archived Coventry City Articles

List All Vital Coventry Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

1. houchen 2

League Results (view all)

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
18. Notts County 32 11 7 14 -6 40
19. Crewe 34 11 6 17 -27 39
20. Leyton Orient 33 9 8 16 -7 35
21. Coventry 33 8 11 14 -12 35
22. Colchester 34 9 7 18 -17 34
23. Crawley 34 8 10 16 -23 34
24. Yeovil 33 7 8 18 -23 29

Breaking League News

Man United Loanee Wants To Stay
Barnsley : 05/03/2015 15:50:01
Landmark Reached
Yeovil : 05/03/2015 15:36:00
Smith And Arthurworrey Back For Saturday?
Yeovil : 05/03/2015 15:26:00
Skiverton - Games Are Running Out
Yeovil : 05/03/2015 15:15:00
Yeovil 0 Walsall 1 - Report
Yeovil : 05/03/2015 14:56:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Which City Loanee Has Impressed Most?
Suggested By:  Editor
Jamie Jones 6%
Matthew Pennington 37%
Sanmi Odelusi 3%
Luke Williams 6%
Dominic Samuel 48%