SIX years ago, Michael Doyle helped Micky Adams save Coventry City from relegation.
Now, having resurrected his partnership with the Sheffield United manager after completing a much-anticipated transfer to Bramall Lane, the Irish midfielder is looking forward to repeating the feat in South Yorkshire.
“There are a lot of similarities between the two situations,” Doyle said. “But we got out of trouble at Coventry and I’m sure we can do the same here.
“It takes character but the gaffer has got plenty of that and I know there’s a lot in the dressing room too. You’ve got to be committed and organised.
“Micky is great to work with. He calls a spade a spade and he lets everyone know where they stand.
“That’s why people love playing for him.”
Doyle, who started his career at Celtic before arriving at City via a loan spell with Aarhus in 2003, is obviously a huge admirer of Adams’ methods.
But, he insisted last night, the former Port Vale, Leicester City and Brighton chief’s presence is not the only reason behind his move.
“This place didn’t need selling to me at all,” Doyle, who arrives on a free transfer, said. “It’s a massive club and it’s one of the places that you always look out for as a player because of the fans’ passion.
“I’ve been at Coventry a long time and I’ve got to prove myself again. Prove myself to supporters, team mates and the staff too. I can’t wait to get started.”
Given United’s habit of collecting injuries - “I don’t think we’d be where we are if people like Morgs and that were out there” - Doyle’s remarkably clean bill of health made him an obvious attraction. Having spent last term on loan at Leeds, he played 52 games for Simon Grayson’s side.
“I’m lucky because I’ve only ever really had a sprained ankle,” he said.