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Richard Dunne - Man City Praise & Villa Quotes

The Man, the Legend that is Mr Johnny Baguette on our new arrival Richard Dunne:

Richard Dunne, so often City's one man team during this decade's darker days has signed for Aston Villa bringing to an end an era that assures him legendary status with The Blues...

The hapless Football Association finally confirmed all the paperwork was in order this lunchtime, bringing to a close Manchester City's unprecedented transfer activity for the year.

Dunney endured the bad times and rode the waves of the good times at City since he signed for JR in 2000 from Everton. We moved home, swapped owners, divisions and managers and rediscovered top flight continuity yet throughout it all, Dunney was always there, very often the last man standing as the ceiling caved in around him. Towards the end of some seasons, without his heroics we would have been sure fire relegation certs.

Full article: www.manchestercity.vitalfootball.co.uk

There is a homage to Dunne on the Man City official site also: www.mcfc.co.uk/Video

An interview with a Man City fan about Richard Dunne: Click Here

Meanwhile Dunne has told the official site that he has moved to Villa because he believes we can be up there and challenging for the Champions League.

'I'm delighted. It's a great opportunity for me. Obviously Aston Villa have improved each season recently. Hopefully I can be part of a squad that can challenge for a Champions League spot.' Adding, 'I think with Aston Villa, with the experience they would have gained from last season - they went so close for so long at the top end and the manager has bought in some new players into the squad this year - maybe it might help us go that bit further.'

He also says he thought having come to Bodymoor Heath on Friday that the move would be done quicker, 'I came on Friday and passed my medical and I thought it would be a straightforward day for me. I think there was just a lot of pressure on a lot of people with so many deals going through but I'm just really pleased that finally we have it all done.'




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The Journalist

Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday September 2 2009

Time: 6:02PM

Your Comments

looking forward to seeing him in the claret and blue now, could be a good solid defender for us, tighten up at the back, get a few more goals from the strikers, have an attacking 4 3 3 and when under pressure a defensive 4 5 1 who knows what we'll achieve.
The Fear
looking forward to seeing him in the claret and blue now, could be a good solid defender for us, tighten up at the back, get a few more goals from the strikers, have an attacking 4 3 3 and when under pressure a defensive 4 5 1 who knows what we'll achieve.
The Fear
Challenge for a Champions League spot? Nice to see he has a sense of humour. Hopefully he'll get back to the form he was in a couple of years ago in which case we'll have a very good player.
SchoolBoyError
Challenge for a Champions League spot? Nice to see he has a sense of humour. Hopefully he'll get back to the form he was in a couple of years ago in which case we'll have a very good player.
SchoolBoyError
Very happy with this signing. He will command our defense accordingly. He's Very vocal. Perfect foil.
lucyryder
Very happy with this signing. He will command our defense accordingly. He's Very vocal. Perfect foil.
lucyryder
Did I read it right that some on here think he's a mercenary? He's so mercenary that Villa is his third club after 5 years at Everton and 9 with Man City. It seems to me that much as he loved his old club, he didn't want to be a bit player especially in a year when he also hopes to help the ROI qualify for the World Cup Finals. (Hope? Some might think it's more like blind faith!) I know there are some who don't rate him. But I'm sure that everyone on VV hopes (that word again) he'll become a big asset to our beloved club.
BBJ
Did I read it right that some on here think he's a mercenary? He's so mercenary that Villa is his third club after 5 years at Everton and 9 with Man City. It seems to me that much as he loved his old club, he didn't want to be a bit player especially in a year when he also hopes to help the ROI qualify for the World Cup Finals. (Hope? Some might think it's more like blind faith!) I know there are some who don't rate him. But I'm sure that everyone on VV hopes (that word again) he'll become a big asset to our beloved club.
BBJ
Think big, become big. Think little be little! I'm with Fear (glass half full) 'Who knows what we'll achieve.'
Nigel-not-Reo
Think big, become big. Think little be little! I'm with Fear (glass half full) 'Who knows what we'll achieve.'
Nigel-not-Reo
I've watched him over the years for Ireland and he is consistently excellent.He was awsome a couple of months ago when we were away to Bulgaria.
Pking
I've watched him over the years for Ireland and he is consistently excellent.He was awsome a couple of months ago when we were away to Bulgaria.
Pking
As much as many City fans love Richard Dunne for the heroics he has performed for us in the past, it is just that - the past. Personally, I'd have liked RD to stay and provide defensive cover, but fully understand his decision to leave in search of first team football. I suppose I sound a bit like the Arsenal fans who laughed at us for signing Kolo Toure, but just remember - Richard Dunne is the joint all-time premier league record holder for both red cards and own goals. Perhaps a change of scenery will do him good and there are those who maintain that Dunne's declining form of last season was down to Micah Richards, but I suspect that Richard's best years are behind him now and that come the end of the season you'll be having your doubts as to whether Dunney was the right signing or not. We at City wish him and Villa well, but we're moving on and sadly Dunne was never going to be a part of it.
fifthcolumnblue
As much as many City fans love Richard Dunne for the heroics he has performed for us in the past, it is just that - the past. Personally, I'd have liked RD to stay and provide defensive cover, but fully understand his decision to leave in search of first team football. I suppose I sound a bit like the Arsenal fans who laughed at us for signing Kolo Toure, but just remember - Richard Dunne is the joint all-time premier league record holder for both red cards and own goals. Perhaps a change of scenery will do him good and there are those who maintain that Dunne's declining form of last season was down to Micah Richards, but I suspect that Richard's best years are behind him now and that come the end of the season you'll be having your doubts as to whether Dunney was the right signing or not. We at City wish him and Villa well, but we're moving on and sadly Dunne was never going to be a part of it.
fifthcolumnblue
fifthcolumnblue. If he isn't good enough for your top 4 challenge he isn't good enough for ours . I and many others have big doubts about him now mate. Sadly most Villa fans now seem to be happy with 6th this season it looks like 8th at best .
villan57
fifthcolumnblue. If he isn't good enough for your top 4 challenge he isn't good enough for ours . I and many others have big doubts about him now mate. Sadly most Villa fans now seem to be happy with 6th this season it looks like 8th at best .
villan57
Dunney monster has been a rock,his form has nosedived ever since hes been given any responsibility,wherever the notion came from that he is vocal is a strange one,the guy is not a captain,a good player yes but not a leader,if that responsability had been taken from him last year,a huge weight would of been lifted and he would still be at city,i wish him well but if you want the best out of him then dont ever give him the armband.
humpty
Dunney monster has been a rock,his form has nosedived ever since hes been given any responsibility,wherever the notion came from that he is vocal is a strange one,the guy is not a captain,a good player yes but not a leader,if that responsability had been taken from him last year,a huge weight would of been lifted and he would still be at city,i wish him well but if you want the best out of him then dont ever give him the armband.
humpty
Good luck Dunny, my family are all sorry to see you go, a mountain of a man, a rock of a defender & a lovely bloke.
Ghost of 76
Good luck Dunny, my family are all sorry to see you go, a mountain of a man, a rock of a defender & a lovely bloke.
Ghost of 76
im more excited about the sheer grit and determination he will bring to the club. hes a great leader.
..doctorwho..
im more excited about the sheer grit and determination he will bring to the club. hes a great leader.
..doctorwho..
give him the armband
..doctorwho..
give him the armband
..doctorwho..
I would just like to wish Dunney all the best - a loyal servant to City. I'm sure he'll be a good signing for you.
Thaibluefan
I would just like to wish Dunney all the best - a loyal servant to City. I'm sure he'll be a good signing for you.
Thaibluefan
Im excited to see what Dunne will bring to our team. Id be very happy to finish 6th again, there is nothing wrong with that. Shows consistency. Would like something big to cheer about this season, a good result against the blues, a decent cup run and a cheeky but impressive signing in January (i know the last one just closed, but i cant help mention it).
arc1988
Im excited to see what Dunne will bring to our team. Id be very happy to finish 6th again, there is nothing wrong with that. Shows consistency. Would like something big to cheer about this season, a good result against the blues, a decent cup run and a cheeky but impressive signing in January (i know the last one just closed, but i cant help mention it).
arc1988
Dunne will certainly bring us some bite at the back...with Collins, Warnock and Beye we now have a very competitive defense which is the first time i can ever recall...this season WILL be a good one - i am sure of that. Just keep 433 going MON please!
Bangkok Villan
Dunne will certainly bring us some bite at the back...with Collins, Warnock and Beye we now have a very competitive defense which is the first time i can ever recall...this season WILL be a good one - i am sure of that. Just keep 433 going MON please!
Bangkok Villan
"red cards and own goals" - isn't it often the way with a team that is (was) losing a lot of games, and there is one defender who is left to take responsibility. Clearing difficult balls out of the danger zone can lead to both red cards and own goals. The alternative is often to have a defender who doesn't even try ...
BobTheBuilder
"red cards and own goals" - isn't it often the way with a team that is (was) losing a lot of games, and there is one defender who is left to take responsibility. Clearing difficult balls out of the danger zone can lead to both red cards and own goals. The alternative is often to have a defender who doesn't even try ...
BobTheBuilder
Didn't I read somewhere a Man Citeh fan saying that a lot of his Penalty/Red cards was down to him doing the job of two CH's having regularly inconsistant defensive partners and carrying them?
Villian1
Didn't I read somewhere a Man Citeh fan saying that a lot of his Penalty/Red cards was down to him doing the job of two CH's having regularly inconsistant defensive partners and carrying them?
Villian1
Just to add to BBJ's point he's probably taken a step down in wages to come here and play.
NorthcliffeBandit
Just to add to BBJ's point he's probably taken a step down in wages to come here and play.
NorthcliffeBandit
 

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