Sheffield United: Former skipper is ready for a quick return

Michael Doyle during last season's match against his former club Coventry City � copyright : Blades Sports Photography
Michael Doyle during last season's match against his former club Coventry City � copyright : Blades Sports Photography

Portsmouth could join Coventry City in the race for Michael Doyle’s signature following his release by Sheffield United, writes James Shield.

The Star understands that Paul Cook, then manager of Chesterfield, contemplated an approach for Doyle at the start of last season when the midfielder was struggling to command a place in Nigel Clough’s starting eleven.

Doyle effectively issued a ‘come-and-get-me’ plea to City earlier this week by describing Tony Mowbray as a very “successful” manager. But Cook, who took charge at Fratton Park three days ago, might be persuaded to resurrect his interest providing Doyle can be persuaded to move home.

The 33-year-old made 231 appearances for United after leaving the Ricoh Arena in 2011.

“I was at Coventry at long time and it means a lot to me so if the opportunity came to speak to the manager I would be interested,” Doyle confirmed. “I still live in the area but, for me, it would be all about success because the next place I want to go to I want to be challenging to get out of the division and I’ve got some opportunities.”

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