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Doyle and Fahey

Irishmen Colin Doyle and Keith Fahey have been in the news in their homeland today for various reasons.

Doyle spoke about his future with the potential departure of Jack Butland hanging in the air. He told the newspaper

“It’s out of my hands,”

“It’s up to Jack. If the club sell him, they sell him and if they don’t, they don’t – it’s as simple as that.

The Cork-born keeper continue on to say that he is happy and settled at Birmingham but he would have to wait and see what happened with respect to a contract as his current deal runs out at the end of this season.

There was also confirmation in the Irish Independent that Keith Fahey briefly returned to Birmingham this week to be assessed by the fitness staff ahead of a possible return to action soon.

Edit 13:00 18 January : It appears the Irish Herald lifted the quotes word for word from the Birmingham Mail so I’ve removed their link and put the Mail link instead. Naughty naughty.

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29 Responses to “Doyle and Fahey”

  • Tom says:

    I hope we sell Butland soon i rate Dolye i honestly think we could be a few postions better off this season if we had used Doyle from the start

  • Sam says:

    I think you mean a few positions lower. He’s a very average keeper who cost us 2 goals in the playoffs last season. He’s indecisive and has poor reflexes. Butland has been shaky coming for crosses, but he’s 19, Doyle is 27.

    • RichardM says:

      Agree with you about the paly-offs, but the problem with that comment Sam is that it ignores the fact that he has’nt been given a consistent run in the first team since 2008? When he did have a run of 15 or so games he showed he is a more than competent keeper at this level. If you thnk back it was the same with Joe Hart, Miaz Bohill and Jack Butlnad – took them a few games to find their feet. I don’t think you can judge Doyle on a handfull of appearences when he has been thrown in at the deep end.

  • bluepete says:

    Keith Fahey. Please come back to us soon. We have missed you in midfield and need your drive and determination to keep us up this season.

  • swissjonny says:

    I agree.Fahey could be a key component of any survival push.Lets hope he is fit and well.

  • Mark says:

    I have to agree with Sam.. I was always keen on Doyle to start with, however his performance against Leeds was somewhat “shaky” to say the least.. I think if Butland came for crosses we would be points better off.. I think if Doyle had been in goal for the regularity that Butland had been in, we would be crying out for Butland – Doyles Kicking has never been the best, however he does control his area better than Butland does..The issue is, based on Butland’s performances, i do not see us getting anywhere near 6 million offered pre-season..?!!

    • Julian Glass says:

      If a Premier club wants to buy a goalkeeper who could be playing for them for 20 years then £6m is cheap

  • Steve Wood says:

    Doyle cost us against Leeds (first goal).

    On another subject go and get Adkins now – poor decision by the Saints.

    • skareggae72 says:

      Agreed on the Adkins decision,it makes me think Soton are suffering some form of temp snow blindness.
      Unfortunately we have little to offer Adkins at the moment,& thanks to Pannu’s hefty compensation demand,we still have Clark prob till the end of the season at least.

    • Paulo says:

      Did he cost us? From where I was sat, I could see utter confusion and a mess of defense, followed by a goal that would have got respect ..had we done that exact scenario to them.

  • Philly says:

    I can’t imagine Fahey could come back and immediately be at full match fitness. I wouldn’t count on him being the messiah this season.

  • Paulo says:

    I do hope Keith Fahey makes his fitness level soon and gets to make a comeback here at blues soon, he is missed and I only hope that the very negative speculation he has suffered is laid to rest, and his reasons are respected as his own.
    I also hope that Colin Doyle has the chance to get on with things should Butland be sold. I do rate JB and he has shown that he is not the best thing since sliced bread but can perform brilliantly. It’s much the same as Doyle ..it’s so easy to criticise him and ‘blame’ him for conceding, but really ..if our team is being picked apart and all defense has gone out the window, then it’s hardly one persons fault. I’ve seen our team get hammered because we were too easy to read and our back line far too easy to seperate, which only left the keeper. Doyle just needs first team action, as we all know what he pull off if the back line are all on fire, and the fans are loud and behind the team.

  • Julian Glass says:

    Fahey fitness is being assessed to see if he can be sold; Doyle is very average but as a struggling level 2 team will probably suffice

    • bluepete says:

      “Fahey fitness is being assessed to see if he can be sold”……..what evidence do you have to say that or is it just negative speculation ? We need Keith desperately. If he can come back fit and play like he did last season, then I’m sure LC will be very pleased indeed. It could be like having a new player to help us climb this division.

    • almajir says:

      Do you know that for a fact Mr Glass?

  • Telboy says:

    You could read the Fahey statement in a slightly different way…doesn’t it sound like he is having a trial at Shamrock? or am I being cynical?

    • chris says:

      no sounds like it’s a way to get fit without coming to uk to do so, meaning he can spend more time sorting out the issue he has.
      two birds with one stone.

  • Pete says:

    LC pleased? That depends on which version of events you hear as being the reason for his being absent.

  • clubclassblue says:

    I find it quite amusing the different opinions on Keith Fahey. Some people will not give him any credit however he performs. We are certainly not in a position to brush aside a player of his standard.
    I admit that he has had some poor performances but who hasn’t this season?

    Decent keepers are in short supply and it appears that Jack Butland will go either in January or at the end of the season. If/when he does we need to ensure that Colin Doyle doesn’t get the ‘Fahey’ treatment because we need a keeper with confidence.

    • Julian Glass says:

      Fahey is a cultured player who was key to our last promotion, making a big diffrence post New Year. He needs to be in a team that suits his style. It is not this one.

  • Ryan says:

    Mr Doyle (The Irishman) is clearly showing how educated a human being he really is. And IMO that statement just says he couldn’t care less if he’s around blues after this season or not. Tell him to jog on. Mr Townsend can more than fill his boots.

  • macca salop blue says:

    Butland overated, has made many errors, especially at start of the season, would have been headlines if we were in Premiership, yes he’s young and will learn from his mistakes. Doyle is average like Myhill was. Best keeper I’ve seen down Blues was Coton, followed by Hart, then Foster. Can’t see us getting £6m for Butland , will be £3m or £4m, I just hope we have a whopping sell on clause included in case his promise is fulfilled.

  • Poppa999 says:

    Fahey’s a jolly good fellow, and so say all of us….(I’ll get me coat!)


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