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Kevin Doyle Recalls Missing Chance To Play In Europa League Final

Kevin Doyle Recalls Missing Chance To Play In Europa League Final

There's nothing shameful about losing 2-0 to Man City, especially after beating them last season at the Etihad, but Roy Hodgson will still want to rebound and continue Crystal Palace's strong start to the season. In order to do that they will need to travel to the Emirates where Arsenal are also hoping to rebound after losing at Bramall Lane on Monday night.

The septuagenarian was one of the topics on this week's Buildup podcast, where the lads spoke to Kevin Doyle about his experiences of the veteran manager ahead of tomorrow's clash which could see the side leapfrog Arsenal on the Premier League table.

However when discussing Hodgson's capabilities, the chat took an unexpected turn.

While the former Irish striker never played under Hodgson he revealed he almost did on one occasion. Managing Fulham at the time Hodgson was chasing Doyle's signature, but the Irish man would eventually opt to join Mick McCarthy's Wolves.

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Speaking to the lads on the podcast, Doyle humourously revealed Fulham would get on fairly well over the subsequent twelve months, despite failing to secure his signature.

He was ringing me all summer trying to sign me and I chose Wolves. And then Fulham went and got to the Europa League final.

But I like him - because he tried to sign me. I think he's a good manager.

He organises teams, I think, very well. If he does get sacked, he comes and bounces back with another team and does well with them. He's a really nice man as well to speak to.

I've nothing but good things to say with him after my dealings with him over the years.

As things stand, with a number of big teams struggling at the moment, it would be no surprise to see Hodgson return to Europe again. Should he get the Eagles to Europe he knows how to get to the latter stages of the competition.

If we listen to Doyle he clearly deserves more praise than many give him credit for. But first, let's see how his trip to Arsenal goes.

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