By Damian Dolan.
Perched on top of a bar at QPR’s Harlington training ground, Kevin Doyle cuts a contented and relaxed figure. Rescued from his Molineux nightmare by Harry Redknapp in the January transfer window, Doyle has swapped the midlands for West London and one promotion push for another.
It’s been a tough last two years or so for Doyle. Back-to-back relegations with Wolves, dropped by Giovanni Trapattoni from the Republic of Ireland squad, after Wolves slipped into League One, and then falling out of favour with new Molineux boss Kenny Jackett.
But it seems things are finally going right for Doyle. Brought in from the cold by interim Ireland manager Noel King – a decision echoed by Martin O’Neill – and now back in the Championship, if only on loan until the end of the season.
He’d netted three in 25 appearances for Wolves this season – the result of being played in a deeper role by Jackett. Redknapp has him back leading the line and two goals in three games would suggest that Loftus Road could be his home ground again next season regardless.
In light of events, you’d be forgiven for thinking Doyle might have an axe to grind, with Trapattoni or Jackett, or both. But he doesn’t see it that way. Yes, it may have been tough, but it’s just football and these things happen.
“I was happy to stay [at Wolves]; I’d loved to have been able to stay and go back up this season, but it wasn’t to be the case,” said Doyle, who still has one-year left on his Wolves contract. “We haven’t had a falling out or I hadn’t fallen out with the club.
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