Pompey new-boy Michael Doyle: Who is he?

Michael Doyle Picture: Colin Farmery
Michael Doyle Picture: Colin Farmery
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Pompey unveiled latest signing Michael Doyle as Blues boss Paul Cook continued his Fratton Park recruitment drive.

But who is Pompey’s newest recruit?

Trainee reporter Ben Sturt finds out 10 interesting facts about the midfielder.

1. Doyle began his career at Celtic but failed to make a first-team appearance at Parkhead.

2. While at Celtic, the Irishman had a loan spell at Danish Premier League side AGF Aarhus, where he made 22 appearances, scoring four times.

3. In 2003 the midfielder moved on to Coventry, where he stayed for three years, making over 200 appearances.

4. In 2006 Sky Blues boss Ian Dowie made Doyle the captain at Coventry.

5. Doyle was part of the Coventy side who dumped Manchester United out of the League Cup at Old Trafford in 2007. The Sky Blues won 2-0.

6. At the start of the 2009-10 season Doyle joined then League One side Leeds on a season long loan after he was forced out of Coventry due to the arrival of Sammy Clingan. At Leeds he was a regular and achieved promotion back to the Championship with them. He described it as the best moment of his career.

7. Doyle caused some controversy after returning from his loan spell, saying when Coventry played Leeds, that his Leeds loan was the ‘best year of his life’.

8. When Doyle signed for Sheffield United in 2011 he was quickly made captain, but could not save them from relegation. And despite his best efforts over three years, could not help the Blades back to the Championship.

9. Doyle has made a total of 585 appearances in his career to date, scoring 35 goals. His only goal last season came, ironically, in a 2-2 draw with Coventry.

10.The midfielder has one cap for the Republic of Ireland, which came in 2004.