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Comment: Respect Due To Ned And Dunney

Despite City's open pursuit of central defenders which has so far seen Kolo Toure boost the squad's options, Nedum Onuoha and Richard Dunne resolve to soldier on...

City skipper Dunne has been a Blue since 2000 very often helping to secure City's top flight status almost single handedly, repeatedly voted the club's Player Of The Year in the process.

There's little doubt that he had a shocking last season and as the summer has worn on, talk of him inevitably leaving has intensified.

Yet, to the big man's credit, as Mark Hughes openly talks of his unstinting intention to sign Everton's Joleon Lescott, he remains steadfastly loyal to the Blue cause:

'I want to stay at City. I'm excited by the project here and want to be part of that.

'I've been assured I don't have to leave and the manager never said I had to go. These are exciting times.'

Meanwhile, MCFC Academy graduate Nedum 'The Chief' Onuoha who has been sidelined with a thigh strain in the latter pre season games also commits to stake a claim for a first team place. Bearing in mind that the powerful England Under 21 stopper's return to the heart of City's defence last January saw the team's fortunes stabilise, his remarks are a tonic for the troops:

'You get excited to hear about these people coming in. It's easy to forget that ten years ago we were in Division Two. Even though we have signed someone in my position, I believe we will all get a fair chance to try to make our way into the team. It's not just a case of having to play a player simply because we bought him.

'That will be fine by me. Most successful teams are based around their squads.'

In a year where the likes of fan's favourites Elano, Martin Petrov and Valeri Bojinov have all moaned to hacks about their preparedness to leave the club if they don't get regular first team starts, the two City lionheart's comments are all the more admirable.


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Writer: Johnny Baguette Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday August 13 2009

Time: 9:52PM

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The Chief (friggin' brilliant!), what a star man! He has every right to be at the club and be in the squad, and be in most of the first team choices. Dunne to his credit wants to stay, he obviously loves the club, but even he must know how shocking he was last season, and needs to be man enough to admit it, not just to the fans and club, but to himself. I hate to say it Mr Dunne, but your days are numbered if you don't discover what caused you to have an apocalyptic meltdown, and do something about it.
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13/08/2009 22:09:00

I think Richard Dunne will do his talking on the pitch this season and silence his critics with gutsy displays at the heart of City's defence. He's our longest-serving player, a respected international, a player who gives service well over 30 games a season, year on year. And City are in the Premiership just now with reasons to thank him. He's loyal and I am sure City fans will be too. He'll show his mettle this season.
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13/08/2009 23:10:00

There's a rumour knocking about that Villa have bid 5 million for Dunney.
Johnny Baguette
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14/08/2009 01:16:00

Dunne still has plenty to offer the club and even now remains the heart and sole of the club. We can't forget what he's capable of and what he's done for the team over the years . Although he may not be first choice, he can still give us the solid back-up that the team desperately needs to challenge up the top of the table. I hope the rumors are just that, rumors.
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14/08/2009 05:57:00

I know we are chasing a couple of CB's but I also think, we are weak on the flanks aswell. Lets hope we score more than they do.
Buzz Lightyear
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14/08/2009 12:48:00

Onuoha will still hopefully get plenty of opportunities this season as his performances have shown that he has earned the chance. Dunne on the otherhand needs to seriously buck up his ideas after a torrid last 18 months.
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