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Dunne Opens Up On Blues Departure

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'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
Date:Thursday September 3 2009
Time: 4:39PM


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
03/09/2009 16:45:00
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
03/09/2009 17:06:00
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.
03/09/2009 18:01:00
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
03/09/2009 19:27:00
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.
03/09/2009 21:31:00
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.
03/09/2009 21:39:00
I hope this is attitude not sulk coz we need the former, not the latter.
Pancho Villan
03/09/2009 22:26:00
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..
03/09/2009 23:09:00
Kevinho, why aim that at me??!! I'm not with you.
04/09/2009 00:58:00
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.
04/09/2009 01:06:00
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