Tinnion: Doherty staying
By Simon Fudge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Bristol City boss Brian Tinnion says Tommy Doherty will not be leaving the club.Bristol City player-manager Brian Tinnion says midfielder Tommy Doherty will not be leaving the club.
The Ashton Gate boss revealed the news after admitting on Thursday that he would be speaking to the former club trainee about his future with the West Country outfit.
Championship sides Plymouth Argyle and Queens Park Rangers had expressed an interest in taking the Northern Ireland international on loan.
However, Tinnion has now admitted that the 25-year-old, who played 45 minutes in Northern Ireland's 1-0 defeat to Canada on Wednesday, is aiming to regain his place in the club's first team squad.
"Tommy's here at this football club," Tinnion told Sky Sports News.
"He's not been put on the transfer list and he's not being loaned out anywhere.
"He's going to get his head down here and work to get back into the first team.
"I changed the captaincy a couple of weeks ago, so obviously, Tommy was disappointed with that."
With City facing Walsall at home on Friday evening, Tinnion is hoping a win against The Saddlers can lead them to secure a position in the League One play-offs.
"We're in seventh place - one place out of the play-offs - and we need to improve on that," he added.
"We've got 15 games to do it, we've got three home games out of the next four, so we've got an opportunity to really kick on and to push towards them play-offs and stay in them.
"Our home form has been a bit disappointing, because that's normally our strength, and we've got a good opportunity to put that right.
"We went and got a good result at Hull [last Saturday] and are looking forward to tonight."
The Robins won the reverse fixture at The Bescot Stadium back in October, with in-form striker Leroy Lita scoring a brace in their last-gasp 2-1 victory.
After scoring on his England Under-21 debut on Tuesday evening, Tinnion is hoping Lita's midweek call-up will have an impact on City's form.
"Leroy Lita got a couple of goals that day [at Walsall]," Tinnion said.
"He's obviously full of confidence and full of form after coming on and scoring for the Under-21's.
"He's got 15 league goals and five goals in the cup, so 20 goals altogether, which is fantastic for his first season in the first team.
"He's a good lad, he works very hard at his game, and he wants to improve.
"He's a good listener and that's important."
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