WEXFORD NATIVE and Republic of Ireland star Kevin Doyle's future is once again in the balance as his club, Wolverhampton Wanderers, yesterday appointed a new manager. Dean Saunders was appointed as the new boss following the sacking of Stale Sollbakken after an embarassing FA Cup defeat to non-league Luton.
Kevin had hoped that Wolves would make it back to the top flight of English football this season, however half way through the campaign Wolves currently sit nine points off a play-off position, and are currently on a four-game losing streak, including an embarrassing defeat at the hands of former manager Mick McCarthy's Ipswich.
A source close to Kevin has said that while he would love to play in the Premier League with Wolves, if the team fails to get promoted by the end of the season, he may be forced to look for a move elsewhere. 'There's more or less an understanding there that if it comes to the end of the season and Wolves haven't gone up, Kevin will be allowed to leave,' the source said. 'This in all likelihood would be Kevin's last transfer, so it's very important that it's the right one.'
It would appear that Kevin will not be leaving Wolves in the current January transfer window and will stay to help the team in their promotion bid under new manager Dean Saunders. However, rumours have been circulating that interest has been expressed by high-flying Everton and promotion hopefuls Leeds United in obtaining the Wexford man's signature.
Former Liverpool and Aston Villa striker Saunders will no doubt be doing all he can to convince Kevin to stay put if he is to have a chance at bringing Wolves back to the Premier League.