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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins On Deadline Day Outgoings

Michael Doyle, Abu Ogogo, Jonson Clarke-Harris...

1 February 2019

As the Transfer Window slammed shut last night, the Sky Blues saw club legend Michael Doyle depart for Notts County.

The 37 year-old helped guide the Sky Blues back into League One at first attempt last season, as he captained the side to Play-Off Final success.

Doyle completed a move to Notts County and after having conversations with Michael, Sky Blues boss Mark Robins told how he has told him that there is an opportunity for him to return at the end of his career.

He said: “From my point of view, he wants to play, he was conflicted with his feelings and was frustrated not playing regularly and we had numerous conversations and he was conflicted with his feelings.

“I was just trying to help complete them feelings and get him out playing.

“Once he has got it out of his system, we will talk about him coming back in a coaching role, in the meantime he has got to get his coaching qualifications up to speed.

“It is about him and finishing his playing career and going for as long as possible and he’s got a decent length contract, which is brilliant for him.”

Elsewhere, two players made the move down South to join Bristol Rovers on permanent deals yesterday on Deadline Day.

Midfielder Abu Ogogo and striker Jonson Clarke-Harris linked up with Graham Coughlan at the Memorial Stadium.

Robins admitted it was nothing to do with the players quality, but the move enabled the duo to further their career and secure regular first team football.

“The move was not due to Abs’ quality, he’s a great lad and I think the way the team is evolving we just couldn’t get him in and he’s gone to Bristol with Jonson to try and further their career.

“I really couldn’t stand in Jonson’s way either because the contract he has earned is fantastic for him and will help him to develop his career off the field as well.

“The players that have gone clearly haven’t been in the team as of late and they needed to play and this window gave them opportunities to move on and we’re left to work with the players we have.

“I tried to get a couple more but with our recruitment model, we don’t just scatter gun approach and once we missed the ones we were looking at it was clear we had to move on.

“The money that has been thrown around this window is incredible and there’s things you're quoted for youngsters and other players and it’s a fluid day but I’m just thankful its closed and we can get on with it.”

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