‘Blackpool a crisis club? nonsense!’

Colin Doyle
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Colin Doyle says Blackpool is a ‘brilliant’ club and dismissed stories about the place as ‘nonsense’.

The Irishman has spent almost five months on the Fylde coast since arriving from Birmingham in the summer, and doesn’t appear to regret making the move.

Negative stories have constantly blighted the reputation of the club in recent years, to the point where boss Neil McDonald admits it made player recruitment more difficult. But Doyle has nothing but good things to say.

“It’s a brilliant club to be honest,” he said.

“All the stuff that people were saying that it’s a mess and not good, it’s a load of nonsense.

“Since I walked through the door it’s all been fantastic to be honest.

“Everything about the club, the way it’s run to the fans is pleasing.

“I’m really enjoying it.

“I left Birmingham in the summer as I wanted to play first team football.”

Doyle, who has been one of Pool’s best performers so far this season, was McDonald’s first signing after taking the job at Bloomfield Road.

He arrived at Bloomfield Road into a squad with just seven players and on the back of relegation.

But the 30-year-old insisted he didn’t think twice about joining.

He said: “To be honest I had similar problems at Birmingham, who also had uproar about the owners.

“But I just want to play football and Blackpool gave me that chance.

“There were no qualms about that and the move was a no brainer for me.”

The keeper has made 13 appearances so far this season, keeping an impressive five clean sheets so far.

Pool have conceded five goals in the last week, after a run in which just two were scored against them in the previous six games.

And taking Saturday’s 4-3 defeat at Bury out of the equation, he’s pleased with his start to life at Blackpool.

“Up until Bury I was very pleased with my performances although I was a little disappointed there,” admitted Doyle.

“You are going to make errors as a keeper and I did for the third goal on Saturday.

“But it happens, even Joe Hart made one last weekend so it’s about how you bounce back.

“I’ve wanted to be a number one for a long time and I’m enjoying it.

“I hope we can get back to winning ways soon and maybe look towards the top of the table, rather than the bottom.”