Skipper Set For Sky Blues

Last updated : 11 May 2017 By Jim Bonner

Michael Doyle is set to become Pompey's first departure since claiming the league title as he is going to sign a contract with Coventry City.

The 35-year-old was wanted by Paul Cook to stay on as skipper as the Blues return to League One but has decided to settle in the midlands with his family and rejoin the club who he made nearly 300 appearances for.

It's a shame to see a popular player leave but perhaps it's for the best. Doyle turns 36 in August and may well have found next season tougher, especially as he wouldn't be guaranteed to start every game as his legs wane.

The club already have (poetntailly, if everyone stays on) players in Danny Rose, Amine Linganzi, Stanley Aborah, Ben Close and even Jack Whatmough who can play in the defensive midfield position, so it's not like the squad is short of cover in that area.

Therefore we shall all say a fond farewell to a player who gave his all for the club, having played some of last season with a broken leg, as he led Portsmouth to its highest moment since winning the F.A, Cup in 2008.

Doyle will be followed by Enda Stevens who looks like he'll be snapped up by Sheffield United on a free as his contract expires next month. It's hardly surprising that Pompey's outstanding performer will be coveted by Championship clubs which are bigger and richer than Portsmouth and they simply cannot compete with what the likes of the Blades have to offer.

Like his fellow Irishman, the left back will also leave with our wholehearted thanks for the role he has played in Pompey's rise during the last two seasons.