With the popular Mark Hughes being appointed as the new Manchester City manager, it wouldn’t surprise us if Richard Dunne decides to stay at City.
Richard Dunne – will probably now stay at Man City
Tottenham Hotspur and Portsmouth, who were fighting it out for Dunne, have been told by the player, that the arrival of Mark Hughes as manager could tempt him to stay at Eastlands.
The 28-year-old had been strongly linked with a move to Spurs and Portsmouth this summer, and only last week he was reported to be all set for a Â£5M move to Fratton Park to join Harry Redknapp.
Yesterday’s confirmation of highly-rated Blackburn manager Mark Hughes’ appointment as Sven Eriksson’s successor, has Dunne reconsidering staying at City.
Dunne told the Manchester Evening News yesterday:
“It was disappointing that Sven had to leave, but in Mark Hughes we have got an exciting young manager who has done particularly well at Blackburn.”
“Premier League experience does count for a lot and he has proved that he can mix it with the best over the last few seasons.”
“No team ever relished going to Ewood Park when he was in charge.” “They established themselves as a top-10 side and did well in the cups too.”
“I will have to wait and see now which way the club is going to go.” “There is certainly the need for some stability.”
“I know from speaking to players who have been in his side that he is a disciplined and highly-regarded coach, and that bodes well for the club,”
“I had a season with him at Goodison when I was just breaking into the side and he was always a great professional who made time to speak to people and give them advice, and he has taken to management really well.”
Richard Dunne is a player we would have liked Newcastle to go after with more purpose, but it certainly looks like he will be going nowhere now, since the appointment of Mark Hughes.
This will in itself be a good start for Mark at Manchester City, since we expect a lot of the other unsettled City players to be happy with yesterday’s appointment.