MICHAEL Doyle, the Sheffield United captain, likened Bramall Lane to a “warzone” when he first arrived in the city nearly two years ago.
But, after putting pen to paper on a new contract last night, the former Republic of Ireland international revealed how things have changed behind the scenes since Danny Wilson’s predecessor Micky Adams failed to save the club from relegation.
“Things didn’t work out for me when I first came in,” Doyle, previously of Coventry City, said. “It was really difficult and I didn’t set the club alight but the place was like a warzone in a way.
“It wasn’t Micky’s fault and he did his best because he was just desperate to win games. But it was hard. People were falling out - not in a bad way but because of the results - and there were lots of personality clashes.
“When the gaffer (Wilson) came in it was no secret that we were all up for sale and it took me time to win him over.
“But the manager and people at the club clearly feel I can bring something. Even without this deal I’d have wanted to stay.”
Doyle, who is now tied to United until 2015, helped them come within one game of returning to the second tier at the first attempt last term.
Despite being beaten in May’s League One play-off final by Huddersfield Town, he added: “Even though it ended in disappointment, that season was the most enjoyable of my career. I’ve loved it here and I’m more than happy to commit.”