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Dunne Opens Up On Blues Departure



We expected there'd be more coming out over Richard Dunne's deadline day plus one transfer to Aston Villa and the man himself has had a word with Murdoch's Sports News...

Clearly unimpressed, the former Blues talisman said:

'I'm not hurt to leave City, I'm just hurt the way in which it was dealt with. It wasn't the best way they went about things, but that's a different story. They signed the players and that was it. I wasn't given the opportunity to stay and fight for my place. That's what was annoying.'

Villa's new £6 million signing went on to give the impression he was forced out of SportCity:

'I was told I had to go and that's the frustrating part about it. They told me they had accepted an offer so I said 'OK, but what if I want to stay and fight for my place?'

Fair enough, but bizarrely, Dunney followed up with this intriguing sentence:

'They said ...it's funny, we need the money.'

Cue sport's hacks leaping out of the bars to proclaim that City are going bust!

To his credit, he went on to praise the club and it's fans who'll be pleased to reciprocate but at the same time will be wondering what all that was about above:

'I am not bitter, I really enjoyed my time there and wish them all the success. The fans have been fantastic to me there and they have been crying out for success for such a long time. Now they seem to be on the brink of it and I hope it all goes really well.

'It's a really good club, an enjoyable family club and I just hope they get what they deserve.'

It might be prudent for Mark Hughes and Garry Cook to offer some words of clarification on this one.

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Writer: Johnny Baguette Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday September 3 2009

Time: 4:39PM

Your Comments

i dont think cook or hughes need to say anything JB really mate,even if they did do you think it would stop the press printing anything anyway? ..nor do i and maybe it was a bit of a swipe at city to drop something that the press could pick up on and have a field day with us which no doubt they will but i feel the perss will be busy with chelsea for the forseeable future to worry about us lol
bluemooner_mcfc
Good thinking as ever, bm. I'm pretty disappointed with Dunney, to be honest having praised him for being so professional previously. The fact, is that if we are going to amount to anything ruthless decisions are going to have to be made and I sense that Sparky might yet want to set the record staright. Certainly the Chelsea story meanwhile is absolute dynamite so Dunney's moans may well fall upon deaf ears.
Johnny Baguette
The powers that be should have just been honest and said that you are now surplus to requirements, it is a good deal for all parties and its in your best interest to move on rather than just something like "we need the money". He said himself that he isn't bitter but he looked quite sad and dejected to me during the interview which in all fairness he probably would be after so long at City. I wonder if he received the payoff that he wanted after watching this interview as perhaps we wouldn't pay him and he thats why his transfer was only completed a couple of minutes before 5:00pm on Tuesday in order to get first team football and perhaps thats why the money quote came across in this interview.
Kevinho
We have been chasing terry and Lescott all year long didn't get Terry immediately went and got Dunney, At what point during the summer Richard did you think that your position in the team was under threat.
Buzz Lightyear
To be honest, Dunney is very much a symbol of the old City. In fact, he could be said to be THE symbol of yesterday. Unfortunately for Dunne that meant he had to go. As for the "need the money" statement, they were obviously taking the proverbial out of him.
fifthcolumnblue
He can't slag off the club then say 'But the fans....' We are the club, we are one with the club, in my mind a pot shot at the manager or any other club employee is a pot shot at me. I don't like reading this stuff.
RobsonGreensleeves
I hope this is attitude not sulk coz we need the former, not the latter.
Pancho Villan
RobsonGreensleeves - Despite Hughes being instrumental in getting Dunne to sign a new contract at the start of last season as they knew each other from their Everton days it was reported on more than one occasion that they had a strained relationship. I always thought that Hughes would move him on this summer as Dunne was poor last season and I also think that MH didn't want him but that he has said some nice things about Richard because of his standing with the fans and his service record to the club rather than him genuinely wanting him..
Kevinho
Kevinho, why aim that at me??!! I'm not with you.
RobsonGreensleeves
In fact after just reading more on Times site i'm even more unhappy!!! Dunney should shut his mouth, he's trying to rock the boat and any City fan not angry with this needs their head examining, imho!! Questioning Hughes' grip on the squad is scandalous, if he'd not gone to a rival we probably wouldn't be hearing this nonsense. PS, i've never said a bad word about Dunney till today. I never thought i'd be forced into doing so either.
RobsonGreensleeves
RobsonGreensleeves - You were suggesting that it seemed like Dunne was taking a pot shot at the manager and I was merely re-enforcing your argument as it had been reported a few months ago that Hughes and Dunne don't get on, whilst wondering if perhaps Hughes was always looking to get rid of him in the first half of my post. The second part of my post was my own personal opinion and nothing to do with what you had said in your post. I hope that this clears things up.
Kevinho
Hughes was looking to bring in a CB in January last season, which means he was unhappy then. Its the comment about we need the money, but also seems like a clash of personalities with Dunney and Mr I have no personality Cook. Dunneys story is quite plausible when it comes to talking about garry Cook, but he also hinted that Hughes may not be in charge of the comings and goings and I cannot believe that.
Buzz Lightyear
Kevinho, sorry. By starting your message with my moniker I thought you were aiming a blast at me and couldn't understand why! Apologies mate.
RobsonGreensleeves
PS, could only RD not see this coming!!?? As for being promised a testimonial.... Something i've never agreed with anyway. Some people work for 50 years then find their pensions worthless. Bad form Dunney.
RobsonGreensleeves
Buzz - I have never been a fan of Gary Cook and whilst I have accepted for a long time that Dunne had been well below his best and would probably either be 5th choice centre half or be sold like he has done, Cook has not always been in great form in his job either. He was appointed by the previous owners and I think that he could quite easily have been sacked after the Kaka debacle in January as he seemed to botch this, but in the end I think that we got a lucky escape there.
Kevinho
 

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