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Richard Dunne Is Typical City!

Sinbad sent us the following...

Manchester City may be making headlines in the transfer window but another big decision has been taken which has hardly raised an eyebrow - Hughes has decided to keep faith with Richard Dunne as Manchester City captain for next season.

Hughes made this clear at a press conference in Abu Dhabi earlier today, as reported 'in passing' by the Telegraph in an article about the pursuit of Arsenal striker Emmanuel Adebayor.

The Irishman has made 294 appearances for City over the last nine seasons. An average of 33 senior appearances per season over nine years is an impressive achievement, and more even than many goalkeepers. He's also represented Ireland in 52 internationals.

To put that achievement into perspective, John Terry has averaged 25 games per season at Chelsea and Rio Ferdinand 29 games at Man Utd.

Compared to John Terry you get 30% more appearances from Richard Dunne. And the man cost just £3m.

But the highlight is the back-against-the wall performances of Dunne where he rallied the Blues as captain through many tough games - often with a very average team in front of him. Many times his steadfast courage has kept City in the top tier of football.

As a fan I am very glad that Hughes recognises the quality of Richard Dunne in this way. This is indeed 'Typical City!'

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Date:Thursday July 16 2009

Time: 2:21PM

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surely a captain is a player that plays regular first team football, and i realy don't believe dunne will be playing in the first team next year. Fair enough keeping him, its not like we need the money or anything, but i haven't actually seen the video or read the direct quote where MH says Dunne will be captain..
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16/07/2009 15:03:00

Dunne is a legend and will always be one. As an aside I see Ronny Aldi who recently left the dark side for Royal Madroid has said he would never sit on City's substitute bench.
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16/07/2009 15:36:00

A captain that scores own goals... Quite clumsy and put us in lots of trouble last season, others at back didn't do much either but Dunne has the most own goals!
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16/07/2009 16:39:00

Too slow
Tiny T
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16/07/2009 18:05:00

im glad for the big man, loyalty works both ways guys and atleast city are showing some!
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16/07/2009 19:14:00

He stuck by us through dark times, we should stick by him. Dunne has been immense at times and if he had so much weight on his shoulders, he could probably have eliminated the mistakes from his game.
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17/07/2009 02:29:00

If we do sign a couple of centre backs, there is still no reason why Dunne cannot still be in the first team, he may well up his own personal game in view of the competition.
Buzz Lightyear
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17/07/2009 09:28:00

i doubt dunne can raise his game. People seem to forget his no spring chicken, he's into his 30s now and not many defensive players get better with age. Pace is past him, and his amount of own goals make him too much of a liability to play week in week out.
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17/07/2009 11:33:00

city slicker,dunne is 29.i would make the same statment for everyone clammering to get terry in,neither dunney or terry are fountains of youth.
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17/07/2009 12:06:00

i'm sorry, apparently dunne is 29 and 4/5's, same point. I have said nothing about Terry getting better. I have my doubts about Terry too, both are past their peaks and are on the decline, Terry however is a better player... although i'd rather go for a younger defender and stick with Nedam rather than have Dunne keeping younger players, that are just as skilled, from getting the experience they need
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17/07/2009 15:26:00


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