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Michael Doyle
Personal information
Full nameMichael Doyle
Date of birth8 August 1981 (1981-08-08) (age 28)
Place of birthDublin, Republic of Ireland
Height5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing positionMidfielder
Club information
Current clubCoventry City F.C.
Senior career*
2001–2002AGF Aarhus (loan)22(4)
2003–Coventry City247(19)
2009–2010Leeds United (loan)42(0)
National team
2007Republic of Ireland B1(0)
2006Republic of Ireland1(0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19:35, 8 May 2010 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 14:19, 16 December 2009 (UTC)

Michael Doyle (born 8 August 1981 in Dublin) is an Irish football midfielder. Currently playing for Coventry City of The Championship of the English Football League . Doyle is known for his workrate and his tough tackling style. He started his career at Celtic and has also played in Denmark for AGF Aarhus. He has also been capped once by the Republic of Ireland.



[edit] Club career

[edit] Early career

Doyle began his career as a trainee at Celtic turning full professional for them in August 1998. He and fellow Celtic teammate Liam Miller had a spell on loan in the Danish Premier League at club AGF Aarhus, with Doyle playing 22 League games and scoring four goals for the Danish side. During his time at Celtic, Doyle failed to make a single league appearance for the first team.

[edit] Coventry City

After the loan spell ended, the tenacious central midfielder was then signed for Coventry by Gary McAllister after a successful trial, having been recommended by McAllister''s assistant Eric Black who worked with Doyle at Celtic.

Doyle made his debut against Peterborough United in the Football League Cup in August 2003, and scored in his appearance away against Ipswich Town in a 1-1 draw. Doyle played regularly throughout the season either side under the management of both McAllister and his successor Black.

Under Peter Reid, Doyle continued to play whenever fit, forging a useful partnership with captain Stephen Hughes. After Reid''s departure Doyle continued to be favoured by new manager Micky Adams, scoring in the crucial away win at Watford, as the side avoided relegation from the Championship.

In 2005–06, Doyle continued to play regularly, captaining the side on a number of occasions since Christmas, notably in the 2-0 home win over Wolverhampton Wanderers. This came in his first match after a suspension for his dismissal in the previous home game against Crewe Alexandra for arguing with the referee. Doyle was named permanent captain of Coventry by Iain Dowie. Doyle was part of the Coventry team that beat Manchester United in the League Cup at Old Trafford, which remains one of the most famous League Cup upset''s in recent years.

During the 2008–09 season, Doyle was a regular under Chris Coleman, starting 39 games for Coventry in all competitions. But due to the signing of Sammy Clingan from Norwich in the summer of 2009, Doyle found his first team place under threat, the reason for him wishing to seek guaranteed first team football elsewhere.

[edit] Leeds United

On 6 August Doyle joined Leeds United on a season long loan from Coventry City.[1] He made his first team debut for Leeds in the first game of the season win against Exeter City. Since joining Leeds United Michael Doyle has started every game for Leeds United. He almost scored in the 4-1 win over Gillingham but his shot rebounded off the crossbar and allowed teammate Jermaine Beckford to score the rebound.

Doyle said in an interview to Yorkshire Evening Post on 2 October that he would love to make his loan move from Coventry permanent, and he hoped that if he could impress manager Simon Grayson enough and earn Leeds promotion that it would help his chances in securing a permanent contract at the Elland Road club.[citation needed] Doyle had his first ban for Leeds United as a result of picking up five yellow cards, and missed a Football League Trophy game for Leeds. But returned for the next match in the heart of centre midfield. Doyle dropped to Leeds'' bench against Accrington Stanley in the Football League Trophy. Doyle returned to the first team for Leeds in the following game against Southampton. In his first six-months at Leeds, Doyle has been a regular starter partnering either Neil Kilkenny or Jonathan Howson in centre midfield, with Doyle only missing games through suspension or being rested by Simon Grayson for squad rotation. He is still yet to score his first goal for Leeds.

Doyle played against Manchester United when Leeds won 1-0 away to Old Trafford on 3 January in the FA Cup. It is the second time Doyle has been part of a side who has beaten Manchester United in a cup competition.[citation needed] Doyle played in midfield for Leeds when they earned a 2-2 draw against Tottenham Hotspur in the FA Cup on 23 January 2010, giving away a penalty in the same game after fouling ex-Leeds player Danny Rose, the penalty was fortunately saved by United goalkeeper Casper Ankergren.

After Leeds were knocked out of the Football League Trophy, Doyle was dropped from the starting lineup for the first time in the league against Leyton Orient. Leeds were promoted to the Football League Championship after finishing in second place in League One and thus earning automatic promotion. After promtion, Doyle was interviewed by Yorkshire Evening Post and claimed he still wanted to join Leeds permanently rather than return to Coventry.[citation needed] He also revealed that promotion with Leeds was his greatest achievement of his football career to date.[citation needed]

[edit] International career

Doyle made his debut for the Republic of Ireland in 2006, but it remains his only cap to date. In 2007 he did play for the Republic of Ireland B team.

[edit] Honours

[edit] Career statistics

SeasonClubDivisionLeagueFA CupLeague CupFootball League TrophyPlay-OffsTotal
2003–04Coventry CityDivision One40551200000476
Club Total24719202131000028022
2009–10Leeds UnitedLeague One42060301000520
Club Total42060301000520

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