Saturday 16 December 2017

Doyle vows to dig in and fight for club and country

Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

KEVIN DOYLE is baffled by the decline of Wolves but says that he won't be looking for an easy way out of Molineux this summer.

The Wexford man was disappointed when the Championship club blocked a loan move to Celtic before the close of the transfer window.

Doyle was attracted by the prospect of a Champions League clash with Juventus, but will instead play out the season with no chance of promotion to the top flight.

Indeed, the Midlanders are in danger of being dragged into a relegation dogfight, with new manager Dean Saunders trying to pick up the pieces from Stale Solbakken's troubled reign.

After a move to Everton was blocked 12 months ago, it has been a frustrating time for Doyle. Nevertheless, he has ruled out agitating for change this summer.

"That's an easy way out for people to say that I need something fresh and different. There's no point in thinking whether you would like a new challenge or not," says Doyle.

"I have a good contract and two and half years left on it. There's no point in thinking about it, just get on with it."

Doyle has thought about Wolves' struggles this term and is coming around to the conclusion that they dropped down from the Premier League with the wrong attitude.

"I'm clueless," he replied, initially. "We have not been good enough. It's as simple as that. We have a good enough squad to be higher in the Championship no matter who is managing us.

"We may have taken the season a bit too much for granted that we would be contending easily to go back up. Football is not like that, it bites you on the bum. We have not been able to switch our minds back on to playing in the Championship."

Doyle has been impressed by new manager, Saunders, who has taken extra time to pass on his goal poaching expertise to the club's strikers. Still, he is happy to get away from the club this week for an international break.

He did score the most important Irish goal of 2012, the late winner in Kazakhstan, but his place in Giovanni Trapattoni's starting XI is less secure than it was in the Italian's first two qualifying campaigns.

"I work hard on my game all the time so there is nothing more I can do," he said, when asked how he could respond to the challenge. "Form comes and goes – I have to put myself in the position where he has a hard choice.

"I don't think about. I just get picked in the squad and turn up. I look forward to the change of scenery.

"Hopefully I will get 45 minutes tomorrow night (against Poland). I will worry about that at selection time."

Irish Independent

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