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Comment: Richard Dunne - Paint A Vulgar Picture

Dunney's not doing himself any favours or credit with these media outbursts. He's now pointing the finger and naming individuals behind his City departure...

We knew he'd already revealed his hurt to Sky Sports News over the way his transfer to Aston Villa was dealt with.

But in Das Daily Mail, he has now delivered a withering attack upon the Manchester City hierarchy. It's scathing stuff.

Garry Cook looks to be the focal point of his ire:

'He doesn't understand football. All he wants is big-money players. He doesn't understand the core loyalty of the club and where it begins. For him I was probably a bit of a nuisance. I found out things that were going on behind my back and I wouldn't speak to him. Every time I came around he probably felt a bit uncomfortable.'

If the Villa and Ireland defender is after rocking the upbeat City boat, he's more than making waves. As former captain he goes on to question Mark Hughes' control of team affairs and communication issues between himself and his former manager, if anything giving the impression Sparky hardly communicates.

'The manager is very quiet, he does his own thing and I spoke with him a few times through the summer about what was going on. He was of the opinion that City needed two players for every position and that was the way the squad was going to work. The last time I spoke to him was in Africa after I had found out some other stuff. I said, 'Where do I lie in the whole thing?'

'He said I was still the captain and even last week he said to me he would rather I stayed but he was told we needed to get money in. I don't think it was his decision.'

Next up, he reinforced his earlier knock at City's finances with another crack at Cook. Manna from heaven for the anti-City brigade press pack, who've been struggling for material this season:

'They told me they have a certain amount of money they have to recoup each season to make things look better on the books. I could understand if I was being sold for £200m, it might make sense, but it was a bit strange really. It just needed people to be honest with me. I was getting phone calls from people saying Garry Cook was trying to sell me behind my back, two months after me going to him and saying if he has any problems to come and deal with me. I'm disappointed with people who say one thing and then do the other.
I'm not going to cry just because the club wanted to sell me - just don't do it behind my back.'

Good grief. And he didn't stop there, turning his attention to the resurgent City squad.

'City have just signed Joleon Lescott and he's getting dog's abuse for being disloyal and breaking a contract he signed at Everton a year ago. But City have just done the exact same to me. It's not me who asked to leave. I would quite happily have stayed there and been part of the squad and fought for my place. I have been loyal to them for a long time but it was their decision to cancel a four-year contract. It seems to me the contract they gave me last year was just pointless. Twelve months down the line, when it doesn't suit them anymore, they just put it in the bin and say, 'Off you go.'

'It is difficult at City because of the amount of players that have come in. So far everything has gelled really well and the results have been really good, but when it gets difficult there's not really the bonding in the dressing room.'

So says the man who was charged with holding that dressing room together. This is damning stuff Blues and extremely disappointing.

Two things that glare right out at this correspondent this morning are these.

Firstly, if anyone honestly believes that the high stakes big business, relentless pressure of top flight football in England is a happy families cake walk then I'd challenge anyone, especially Dunney to find a club where absolutely every aspect of it runs smoothly, everyone is 'on message' and even the easiest going prima donna superstar goes along with every hierarchical decision.

Secondly, how bitterly disappointing for City fans to read these quotes from a bloke we have absolutely stood by through thick and mostly thin. I personally have gone to the Vital keyboard praising the player for his professionalism and attitude only to find him descending into one of the bitterest outbursts usually and hilariously reserved for hot tempered international superstar players and managers.

I make no attempt to side with anyone or cover up for any alledged bad treatment. All we can deal in is the facts we have at hand.

To my knowledge, nobody at Manchester City Football Club has had a bad word to say for Richard Dunne and even if there was acrimony behind the scenes, then there hasn't been a hint of it out of SportCity.

As already mentioned, the stakes are high and nobody can deny that ruthless measures must be taken if a club is to amount to anything at this level.

Nobody has banged on about Dunne's history of own goals and rash sendings off that left us badly exposed and defeated far too often for comfort. The Middlesborough 8-1 suicide challenge that precipitated annhialation under Sven-Goran Eriksson springs to mind.

For crying out loud, Dunney. You've already said City fans have been through the grinder and deserve success so why set out to descend into this level of finger pointing that will only unsettle and reverberate straight through those fans you've been praising? Whatever has gone on and no matter how aggrieved you feel, you've let yourself down big time.


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Writer: Johnny Baguette Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday September 4 2009

Time: 8:10AM

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Brillant Peace JB, and true. Dunney has just alienated himself and if he wished to do that OK, but I think he could have left it alone and took the money.
Buzz Lightyear
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04/09/2009 08:34:00

they guy loves city and is obviously hurt by the back stabbing from cook i mean why did we not let him fight for his place? fair enough we might of saved 20m with the fee and wage over 3-4 years and everyone could do with 20m init? but the guy was city with blue blood and it sounds like cook has handled this piece of business extremly poorly
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04/09/2009 09:20:00

lol the player has stated that things went on behind his back and u expect it to be unfair for him to comment on certain individuals that have offended him??? The same individuals who have been singled out by other teams,owners and managers??? He never once stated the fans turned on him yet u write an article on how he has painted a vulgar picture of the club???I think some of your fans should be looking at themselves asking where is the loyalty, starting with yourself. Manchester City will now forever be a club attempting to buy success however in 3 years time your billion pound business plan will be a failure...
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04/09/2009 09:21:00

I think he is having a go at Cook and that seems fair enough. Cook has proved in the past to be a liability and has slagged off Richard Dunne publicly in the past. Dunne did score own goals and get sent off a lot but I played as a speedy centre back in a bad team and when you try your eyestrings out and get back to defend against 3 or 4 attackers it's you that looks bad not the slackers who don't make the effort to get back. I think this is always overlooked in Richard Dunne's case. I think he is a top player. Is Cook a top CE? I don't know. I'm not so sure.
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04/09/2009 09:45:00

Dunne and Villa Till I Die, UP Dunney!
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04/09/2009 10:14:00

Dunne is emerging from this whole affair as a backstabber. I don't care how slighted he feels by Gary Cook and Hughes, he should have kept quiet about this. Dunne is yesterday's man and will forever be associated with the old City of relegations, cock-ups and mediocrity. It's no secret that this ultimate symbol of the old regime had to go if we are tto make a clean break from the past. It sounds like sour grapes over the terms of his payoff to me, as he knew he'd qualify for a large tax-free lump sum from a testimonial, and he obviously wasn't satisfied that his golden handshake was enough. To be honest, any lingering good will I had for this lumbering muppet has now gone out the window with this astonishing outburst. Goodbye Richard Dunne, you were the weakest link, now Aston Villa can find out just how right we were to get rid.
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04/09/2009 10:15:00

Mix26 - I'd be more concerned about manure failing under their 1billion debt burden than City failing if I were you. You have your crystal ball and I have mine, and mine says manure will win nothing this season, Ferguson will retire taking Giggs and Scholes with him, and UEFA will impose a transfer ban on clubs with such huge debt mountains, meaning that the once mighty reds will become a selling club and disappear down the plug hole like pubes in a bathtub. Can't wait.
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04/09/2009 10:21:00

I can understand the hurt to some degree, and maybe a small dig at Cook, but, you are right when City have not had a bad word about him, and stood by him relentlessly all last season when his performances were without doubt, absolutely disgraceful. Why say all this crap about the team you love? I expected far, far more from you Dunny. Oh, and Mix, why do so many of you pretend to ignore all your own problems (and potential ones to come) by coming on here, spouting nonsense?
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04/09/2009 10:31:00

Lets not forget last years summer transfer window before ADUG came in. Dunney on the last year of his contract was putting himself out in the marketplace with Spurs , Villa and Pompey all named as possible suitors and he made it clear if he did not get what he wanted, ie, a long term big money contract he'd walk. Well he got the money, but loyalty like that works both ways. He has been a good servant to the club but a flawed one. He's changed his colours quickly enough bigging Villa up and slagging us off. Lets move on and keep on winning. CTID Durham-Blue
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04/09/2009 11:41:00

When Richard Dunne signed his last contract with City it was before the ADUG takeover and as Martin Petrov has found since returning from injury the whole club has evolved and former first team regulars now face competition from better players rather than the likes of Mills, Vassell etc. It didn't surprise me that we decided to sell Dunne as he had been shocking for the most part of 18 months and he never struck me as being a top leader despite being captain so its now wonder that Hughes wanted a change. However I would have liked this situation to have been dealt with with more dignity and diplomacy after this player served us with honour over his 9 years at the club. My opinion might be wrong but Gary Cook has always appeared to me the sort of person who after shaking hands with that you would need to see how many fingers you get back. He has publicly taken sly digs at Dunne before most notably in his first interview where he said that it far easier to market a player like Jo to the Chinese and Indians than it is Richard Dunne - as I also pointed out it was a shame that Cook couldn't market Jo in Manchester as he was lightweight, frail and all round useless. And also in my opinion there is plenty of doubt whether Cook is that great at his job as he was behind long, protracted pursuits of Ronaldinho and Kaka that ended in disaster and who can forget his famous 'Milan bottled it' claims were a far cry from their representatives and Kaka's father who seemed to imply that Cook didn't know how much we would pay Kaka, where we'd play him at that he was always on the phone. I think that is best that people make up their own minds on who is the biggest villain in this sad affair and we have been able to do so because of this excellent balanced piece by JB.
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04/09/2009 12:23:00

Fitfth I couldent give a monkeys uncle about Manure. Plain and simple not only has one of your very own a player of 9 years spoken of your management and hieracy in disgust but so too have other leading figures in todays game. Your team is a bunch of money grabbing whores and u wont win much under Sparky. Thats fact not a crystal ball chump! Bluewolfie this is a Vital site of which I am a member and free to comment on any article written.
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04/09/2009 12:48:00

Generally when people have to state that what they say is a fact, it really means that they know ***** about what they're saying.
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04/09/2009 13:18:00

Generally when people state a fact and others would like to comment then they come up with a meaningfull answer. ie Tevez moved from United to City cause he wanted to play more football, now he is in a city team with 7 strikers and no european football. Barry wanted to leave for Champs League football...
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04/09/2009 13:49:00

Mix, City's strikers for the rest of this year are currently: Benjani (soon to go out on loan) Tevez, Adebayor, Bellamy, Santa Cruz and Robinho. Sparky essentially has 5 senior strikers to work with. Not dissimilar to 'Arry's squad plan at Spurs.
Johnny Baguette
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04/09/2009 16:15:00

"however in 3 years time your billion pound business plan will be a failure..." - Tell me, how much have Spurs spent over the past three years?
Johnny Baguette
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04/09/2009 16:17:00

I remember reading Cook's comment when he said it and dropping my jaw in disbelief at how unprofessional it was. No player should have to hear that in a public forum, and I understand Dunne for commenting now that he's left. Does anybody have information on the Middlesborough 8-1 fiasco? What exactly happened that shows Dunne was responsible? Was it done in favor of Sven or in support?
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04/09/2009 17:21:00

That game remains shrouded in mystery, Ahoyskin. I remember being livid watching Garrido and Sun both giggling getting on the coach for the Thailand tour the next day. For the record, with City widely reported to be in pole position for the Fair play UEFA place, Dunne was sent off on 15 minutes and Downing scored Middlesboro's first goal 1 minute later.
Johnny Baguette
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04/09/2009 17:28:00

Mix 26 - Manure fan, spurs fan, I don't really care. You are a cretin whatever the colour of shirt you wear.
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04/09/2009 21:23:00

i hope that Khaldoon Al Mubarak,sacks Gary Cook over the dunne affair.yet again cook has made City look bad in the eyes of the world.he started us on a bad road with the whole kaka affair.same with eto'o.the sooner hes gone the sooner we can get in my view someone who really cares about city and who knows what hes doing. ctid.
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04/09/2009 21:24:00

The statement was that he left for regular first team football... so he goes from being a slight 2nd choise striker to maybe 4th or 5th??? how does that make sence.Spurs books are very well balenced, without have a sugar daddy we are still one of the richest clubs in the world with a cap on how much we pay players. YOur players are simply in it for the ride.. im sure it will be a rollar coaster. oooh ooh a cretin im so offended fifth.
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05/09/2009 09:47:00

it'll settle down, think you should maybe read between the lines, he's been at City a long time, didn't want to leave and is saying it how he sees it behind the scenes. Not really bothered as a Villa fan obviously and would rather see a player delighted to have joined us rather than angry at his departure, but .... no, that was all I had to say really! lol
The Fear
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05/09/2009 10:33:00

Mix 26, after being caught cheating twice, forced relegation, mixed up in betting scandals and bribing referees, its fairly clear Cook was right. Milan are cheating ********s who have no place or respect in any normal football fans view. And Mix26, don't mix *****e predictions with facts, it does make you look stupid.
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06/09/2009 05:34:00

pubes in a bathtub.....haha
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07/09/2009 03:18:00


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