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Monday 14 October 2019

Kevin Doyle admits players would be 'sad' to see Roy Keane leave

Ireland striker Kevin Doyle has been linked with a permanent move to QPR after his successful loan spell there this season. Photo: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE
Ireland striker Kevin Doyle has been linked with a permanent move to QPR after his successful loan spell there this season. Photo: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE

Liam Kelly

Republic of Ireland striker Kevin Doyle could miss out on the double in terms of Roy Keane's influence on his career.

Back in 2005 the Wexford native was called into the Irish international squad for the first time.

But injury forced Keane out of the running, and as events transpired, it was the former Manchester United legend's last involvement with the Republic. Last night Doyle fielded questions about the possible move of Keane to Celtic, but admitted he would be sad to see him go if the Cork man takes up the manager's job at Parkhead this summer.

"Celtic is an iconic club, and it would be hard for him to turn it down if he gets offered the job," said Doyle.

"I don't know what the situation is, but it's one he will have to mull over and it will be a tough decision. He is the assistant Irish manager and I think he is enjoying it.

"I never played with Roy. He pulled out injured the first time I was in the squad. I would have loved to have played with him. That was`my first time involved, and it was to be his last campaign and Brian Kerr's last campaign. I hope he lasts a bit longer for me this time."

Doyle (30) only arrived in the Irish camp yesterday as the welter of speculation about Keane reached a crescendo.

Asked about the general reaction of the players if Keane were to leave the Ireland set-up, he said: "All along Roy said he'd like to manage again, whether it's now or in a year's time, whether it's this job or another. I think the manager (Martin O'Neill) is prepared for it in the future.

"He has three other coaching staff to help him but I think we'd all be disappointed – well, not disappointed – we'd be sad if Roy left because we haven't got to experience much of him."

Doyle (right) has his own issues regarding a possible move after a loan period at QPR ended in a dramatic play-off final victory against Derby County after Bobby Zamora scored a 90th-minute winner.

He's not too concerned, as he still has a year to go on his Wolves contract, and admitted his decisions may be slightly less daunting than Keane's, after the midlands club won promotion back to the Championship.

"I am sure he has to weigh it all up. Celtic is a fantastic club where he has a chance of doing well.

"It's an opportunity that, if he's offered it, it will be hard to turn down, and it won't be a surprise if he is offered it.

"For myself, I am looking forward to a holiday and my future will be sorted out when it's sorted out.

"I have a year left at Wolves and that's the only thing that's certain. That's all I know I have, that I am back there on July 7 for pre-season training, and beyond that it's up in the air, as it is for Wardy (Stephen Ward)," added Doyle.

The Irish striker has been linked with a permanent move to QPR and would no doubt enjoy the chance to join a Premier League club.

"It's up in the air like last summer, and possibly the summer before that. It's fine. I enjoyed my loan move, though. It was fantastic and it will be interesting to see what happens. We'll see. You don't know anything until you've signed a contract and it's there and done. Saying and doing are two different things.

"There's a situation at QPR where lots of players are out of contract. The team that played the other day, I wasn't the only one in that situation.

"There were only four or five who were guaranteed to be there next year. They have lots of decisions to make and they'll be making them in the next week or two," he said.

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