Cov star: Town are a Premier outfit

COVENTRY City midfielder Michael Doyle says that Ipswich Town have the feel of a Premier League club.

Elvin King

COVENTRY City midfielder Michael Doyle says that Ipswich Town have the feel of a Premier League club.

He is set to face the Blues in the final Coca-Cola Championship game of the season at Portman Road tomorrow (kick-off 1.15pm).

The 27-year-old with one Republic of Ireland cap said: “Ipswich have outstanding facilities and did well in the Premier League for a couple of years.

“I'm sure they feel that's where they belong, and they are making a bit of a statement by appointing Roy Keane who they will think is going to take them there.

“Everyone knows what his standards are and he's not going there to be second best. He's there looking to win this league next season."

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Doyle says that Keane was an idol of his, adding: “I watched him when I was younger when I used to go and watch all the Irish games.

“I'm a bit surprised to see him at Ipswich, but it's a massive club and they are getting good investment and it is obviously an attractive place for him to go to.”

After failing to win since March, Sky Blues manager Chris Coleman says that he is 'Mr Angry' at the moment.

“I'm walking round like a bear with a sore head,” he said. “I've been very harsh on the players but it is pointless me harping on about injuries and saying how well we were doing up to February.

“Games don't finish at half-time - the season ends in May.

“Some players don't mind losing, but if you have got a little bit of self pride you don't like it even if you are playing over the park on a Sunday afternoon. We'll see what happens at Ipswich tomorrow with certain players possibly not with us next season.”

Coventry have been down to the bare bones playing-wise for a while with a number of long-term injuries. Dan Fox was sent off in the 3-2 home defeat to Watford last Saturday and was the only fit wide player. The Sky Blues are likely to go 4-5-1 as a damage limitation exercise with Leon Best up front.

Elliott Ward will be missing through injury, which leaves Ben Turner and James McPake as the only recognised central defender with McPake having made just three starts since his January move from Livingstone having undergone a hernia operation.

Midfielder Guillaune Beuzelin is expected to back into the squad after missing the Watford defeat because of illness.