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Man City Fan's View On Richard Dunne 'Move'

1) You surprised to see your Captain being linked with an exit and do you think with the new arrivals he will feel the need to move on?

Hand on Blue heart, I'm not surprised based on last season's poor from. Yet Richard Dunne has been immense for Manchester City. Since signing for Big Joe Royle from Everton in October 2000, he's chalked up 346 appearances and 7 goals and in some dark seasons almost single handedly saved us from relegation. As the song goes: 'He's here, he's there, he's every fecking where Richard Dunne, Richard Dunne.'

Last season was absolutely wretched for the big man. He had already shown signs of becoming something of a liability with his record of sendings off for clumsy challenges, although in truth he was often badly stretched covering for others. His form had dipped sharply from the previous four seasons which saw him repeatedly voted City's Player of The Year.

'Dunney Monster' has gone on record this summer as stating he wants to remain a part of the 'Manchester City Revolution' but surely the signings of Lescott, Toure, Sylvinho and the strengthening emergence of Onuoha from the MCFC Academy mean he will be surely considering his position.

The young Dunne went of the rails early in his City career but Mad Kev Keegan guided him back on track. Since then, Dunney has become a legend at City. An absolute ambassador for the club and I for one would miss him. If he does go, my biggest regret will be knowing that he never lifted the trophy for City his barnstorming efforts deserved.

2) Do you really think that a) Lescott was worth that ridiculous money b) he is better than Dunne (no to both for me!)

Even before Sheikh Mansour came in and City signed back Shaun Wright-Phillips then bought Wayne Bridge and that bloke called Gareth Barry we knew that signing current English internationals cost ridiculous amounts of money. On his day, Lescott more than looks the part. He has a couple of years on Dunney which can make all the difference at Premier League centre half.

As for worth, our suave chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak reacted calmly this week to Sir Taggart's latest droaning City criticism by stating that the worth of one player can be viewed differently by different clubs. Here is wisdom and an end of discussion statement if ever there was one.

3) What sort of player will we be getting?

An honest fighter who will always give 110%.

4) I seem to remember him picking up a lot of injuries, am I right or wrong (don't tell me I'm wrong, I have a fragile ego at the best of times) and if so, is he 'over' them all now?

Well, yes Dunney had knocks earlier in his City career, most notably when he was clubbing it, but of late, he's been nothing short of an almost ever present. He didn't win those four consecutive City awards without consistency.

5) Having fun with all the being thrown around? Interesting times to say the least, I guess you'll have to ride the wave of being 'the new Chelsea' and hence the hatred from other fans for paying so much!

It remains surreal. Yet, slowly, I'm beggining to appreciate that the signings City have brought in have been shrewd. Mainly Premier League experienced and of a winning mentality as Sparky pointed out this week. City have offloaded 26 players by various means since last Christmas and many of those players just didn't have that neccessary edge.

Chelski? We're very different. We opened the season with 5 MCFC Academy lads in the 18 at Blackburn and the City hierarchy's commitment to the youth policy remains absolute, much to the frustration of our bitterest critics.

6) Expectations for the season, do you think you'll now leapfrog Villa, Spurs and Everton or are you thinking top four straight away... if so, replacing who!

So far so good. No targets from me. But there are signs already apparant that we won't be the push overs we were very often last season. We'll have a clearer picture after the games at Palace tonight and Pompey on Sunday.

All eyes on the City team sheet tonight. Will Dunney lead the team out for one last time...?

With thanks to the ever helpful and all round good guy Johnny Baguette of Vital City + article: 80% Think Dunne Will Make Way For Lescott




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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday August 27 2009

Time: 11:41AM

Your Comments

Have to say the Citeh fans remain modest, unlike the Chelsea fans a few years back. I would like to see them break the top4, once one of the team falls out it might open it up for the rest of us.
young_jonah
Have to say the Citeh fans remain modest, unlike the Chelsea fans a few years back. I would like to see them break the top4, once one of the team falls out it might open it up for the rest of us.
young_jonah
Seems a far better bet than Distin, according to the fans of the respective clubs. Would actually be a decent signing (although we will inevitably pay over the odds for him), given the limited market O'Neill restricts himself to. Not exactly building for the future, but then O'Neill's policy of buy young (as opposed to buy Young) was always a myth. Crucial that Davies is allowed to have the surgery he has thus far scandalously been denied.
Albarnista
Seems a far better bet than Distin, according to the fans of the respective clubs. Would actually be a decent signing (although we will inevitably pay over the odds for him), given the limited market O'Neill restricts himself to. Not exactly building for the future, but then O'Neill's policy of buy young (as opposed to buy Young) was always a myth. Crucial that Davies is allowed to have the surgery he has thus far scandalously been denied.
Albarnista
Amen young_jonah. The sooner Man Ure are usurped as Manchester's number one club the better. Man City's nouveau riches may be a little distasteful, but Man Ure and SAF are the scum of the footballing world.
Albarnista
Amen young_jonah. The sooner Man Ure are usurped as Manchester's number one club the better. Man City's nouveau riches may be a little distasteful, but Man Ure and SAF are the scum of the footballing world.
Albarnista
I for one would welcome the signing of Dunne - even at 29 he can give us 4 good years of service.
bannedrico
I for one would welcome the signing of Dunne - even at 29 he can give us 4 good years of service.
bannedrico
I don't think the transfer of Dunne is a foregone conclusion. Only the guardian and Irish Times have gone with the report that a fee has been agreed, but if you do get him and Distin, that is already a partnership and instant results having known each others game for some years. Dunneys problems stemmed from last season when he nearly joined Portsmouth and was banned for the first three matches following one of his red cards, a Premier record for sending off and own goals. Dunney is not a dirty player but gets pulled out of position and then chases back and 99 times out of 100 will make the tackle but on the other occasion it is always a sending off. I personally hope he stays, if he goes I am sure all City fans wish him well.
Buzz Lightyear
I don't think the transfer of Dunne is a foregone conclusion. Only the guardian and Irish Times have gone with the report that a fee has been agreed, but if you do get him and Distin, that is already a partnership and instant results having known each others game for some years. Dunneys problems stemmed from last season when he nearly joined Portsmouth and was banned for the first three matches following one of his red cards, a Premier record for sending off and own goals. Dunney is not a dirty player but gets pulled out of position and then chases back and 99 times out of 100 will make the tackle but on the other occasion it is always a sending off. I personally hope he stays, if he goes I am sure all City fans wish him well.
Buzz Lightyear
agree Buzz, was careful to put 'move' in quotations as it isn't done until the two clubs say it is done, same with Warnock and Distin, or any other! So no Dunne deal... gerrit! You walk amongst a comic genius, I must be as everyone calls me a total joker! :o)
The Fear
agree Buzz, was careful to put 'move' in quotations as it isn't done until the two clubs say it is done, same with Warnock and Distin, or any other! So no Dunne deal... gerrit! You walk amongst a comic genius, I must be as everyone calls me a total joker! :o)
The Fear
Glad to see long term performances are not being forgotten for a bad spell,Cheers,good stuff.
lerneravfc
Glad to see long term performances are not being forgotten for a bad spell,Cheers,good stuff.
lerneravfc
You haven't signed the Dunney monster yet. This City fan hopes he stays.
Sindbad
You haven't signed the Dunney monster yet. This City fan hopes he stays.
Sindbad
The Fear
The Fear
still a fans favourite then Sindbad?
The Fear
still a fans favourite then Sindbad?
The Fear
He's a fan favourite but that's more for what he's done than what he does now. We love him but there are better options in the squad now... Onohua, Toure, Lescott would probably all start ahead of him if he stayed. If you sign Distin too then you have our central defence from 2002 to 2007 lol.
MCFC_Goatboy
He's a fan favourite but that's more for what he's done than what he does now. We love him but there are better options in the squad now... Onohua, Toure, Lescott would probably all start ahead of him if he stayed. If you sign Distin too then you have our central defence from 2002 to 2007 lol.
MCFC_Goatboy
Dunne has stated - even after we made the approaches for Lescott - that he wanted to stay and be part of a successful squad. Mark Hughes has always said that Dunne will not be forced out and welcomes the options he has. Add the fact that Dunne currently earns about 55K a week and as I understand it that is right at the limits of what Villa are prepared to pay, so don't be so sure that Dunne is going anywhere.
jackblue
Dunne has stated - even after we made the approaches for Lescott - that he wanted to stay and be part of a successful squad. Mark Hughes has always said that Dunne will not be forced out and welcomes the options he has. Add the fact that Dunne currently earns about 55K a week and as I understand it that is right at the limits of what Villa are prepared to pay, so don't be so sure that Dunne is going anywhere.
jackblue
prefer dunne to distan but would prefer shawcross to them both if stoke want 12m for him then why dont we pay it hes still young and i think beter value for money!
Mikeyvilla85
prefer dunne to distan but would prefer shawcross to them both if stoke want 12m for him then why dont we pay it hes still young and i think beter value for money!
Mikeyvilla85
Dunne - 6m = bargain
I think he'll improve others around him/ Davies!
Bad season last season definitely - been good so far this season though and was MC's player of the year for years before that!
johnproche
Dunne - 6m = bargain
I think he'll improve others around him/ Davies!
Bad season last season definitely - been good so far this season though and was MC's player of the year for years before that!
johnproche
I can't see this happening. Hughes doesn't need to sell and Dunne doesn't want to leave.
Nimmo
I can't see this happening. Hughes doesn't need to sell and Dunne doesn't want to leave.
Nimmo
Nimmo looks like it is happening!!
astonsteve
Nimmo looks like it is happening!!
astonsteve
Now on official site Dunne fee agreed and now on the way for talks.
MattUTV
Now on official site Dunne fee agreed and now on the way for talks.
MattUTV
good site Vital Man City, good bunch there and they have got their heads screwed on, much like Villa, they are used to being so close and then torpedoing their chances, so think they have realism as well as hopes. Great interview as well.
the fear
good site Vital Man City, good bunch there and they have got their heads screwed on, much like Villa, they are used to being so close and then torpedoing their chances, so think they have realism as well as hopes. Great interview as well.
the fear
You have to despise Man City now,but their fans have certainly had enough lows over the years,at the moment its hard to begrudge any City fans that have a shirt with Goater on it.
Pking
You have to despise Man City now,but their fans have certainly had enough lows over the years,at the moment its hard to begrudge any City fans that have a shirt with Goater on it.
Pking
 

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