Vital Football

Latest Coventry City News

Leeds move ends Doyle era

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.



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

Writer:CCFC
Date:Friday August 7 2009
Time: 6:00AM

Comments

0
what a great last paragraph, how true
wolstc
07/08/2009 12:53:00
0
does anyone think he'll do well in league 1
benlufc
12/08/2009 10:31:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Coventry City Articles

From The Frying Pan To The Fire For New Blackburn Boss!

Mowbray takes on Ewood Park challenge

More Reliable Than A League 1 Octopus? (22/2/17)

Time for the new special computer that crunches the numbers to determine the final League One positions for 2016/17.

The Non-League Scene

What's been happening around the area

Football League - Fixture Day & 2017/18 Key Dates

The Football League have released the key dates for the coming 2017/18 season, and the all important fixtures will be released on Wednesday June 21 at 9am.

Archived Vital Coventry Articles

Vital Coventry articles from

Site Journalists

CCFC
Editor email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Can Russell Slade Save City
Suggested By: Editor
Yes: Mid-Table Beckons20%
Yes: A Last-Day Escape4%
No: We'll Improve But Not Enough14%
No: We're Sinking Fast62%

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Sheff Utd 33 19 8 6 65 24
2 Scunthorpe 32 17 9 6 60 25
3 Bolton 31 17 7 7 58 19
4 Fleetwood 33 16 10 7 58 15
5 Southend 33 14 11 8 53 11
6 Bradford 33 12 16 5 52 11
7 Millwall 32 14 9 9 51 7
8 Rochdale 31 14 6 11 48 4
9 Peterborough 33 13 8 12 47 1
10 Oxford 31 13 7 11 46 5
11 Bristol Rovers 33 12 10 11 46 -2
12 Walsall 33 11 13 9 46 -2
13 Charlton 32 9 15 8 42 6
14 Wimbledon 32 9 13 10 40 0
15 Northampton 33 11 7 15 40 -4
16 MK Dons 32 10 9 13 39 0
17 Shrewsbury 33 10 8 15 38 -11
18 Gillingham 33 8 12 13 36 -10
19 Oldham 33 8 11 14 35 -12
20 Bury 33 9 7 17 34 -11
21 Port Vale 31 8 10 13 34 -16
22 Swindon 33 7 9 17 30 -18
23 Chesterfield 33 7 7 19 28 -21
24 Coventry 32 5 10 17 25 -21
Vital Football Comment
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
Write for Vital Football

Recent Coventry City Results (view all)

Coventry City Fixtures (view all)

Feb 25 2017 3:00PM : Swindon Town (H)
Sky Bet League One
Feb 28 2017 7:45PM : Bury (a)
Sky Bet League One
Mar 4 2017 3:00PM : Shrewsbury Town (a)
Sky Bet League One
Mar 11 2017 3:00PM : Bradford City (H)
Sky Bet League One
Mar 14 2017 7:45PM : Southend United (H)
Sky Bet League One
Mar 18 2017 3:00PM : Milton Keynes Dons (a)
Sky Bet League One

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.Matty Watson1
2.houchen1
The Vital Football Members League