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The pair have been confirmed as the new management team

Roberto Mancini defends restriction of Shay Given

Roberto Mancini has defended his decision to restrict Shay Given's appearances for Manchester City this season.

City youth given the knowledge to navigate their route to the top

World's richest club focuses on education to produce next stars

Balotelli loses cool again as he trades blows with Boateng

Mario Balotelli displayed more evidence of the fiery temperament his Manchester City manager, Roberto Mancini, is so desperate to remove from his game yesterday, when he clashed with his team-mate Jerome Boateng in training.

Joe Hart ruled out for England

Joe Hart has been sent back to Manchester City for treatment on the back spasm he suffered during training yesterday ahead of England's friendly with France.

Emmanuel Adebayor says Manchester City arguments will continue

Emmanuel Adebayor has laughed off any suggestion of disunity in the Manchester City camp.

Manchester City unrest reports are 'rubbish' says Roberto Mancini

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini today had a one-word response to speculation that his players want him replaced.

Defeat will improve Manchester City says Hart

Goalkeeper Joe Hart believes Manchester City can only improve after their heavy loss to Arsenal.

Shay Given escapes ban for speeding

Premier League goalkeeper Shay Given escaped a driving ban in court today, after speeding in his luxury Bentley.

West Brom embarrass big spending City

West Bromwich Albion 2 Manchester City 1

Tevez on target as he revels in captain's role to see off Wigan

Wigan Athletic 0 Manchester City 2

Hart says sorry for Rovers' 'freaky' goal

The early season form of Joe Hart has been a bright spot for club and country this season, but two recent wobbles have demonstrated that the Manchester City keeper remains, at the age of 24, a work in progress.

Keane makes sure Ireland go top after Andorra scare

Republic of Ireland 3 Andorra 1

Collins injury boost lessens Welsh woes

The Wales and Aston Villa defender James Collins has escaped serious injury after apparently being elbowed in the face during Wales' 1-0 defeat away to Montenegro in their Euro 2012 qualifier on Friday night.

Boyata shows money is not everything as youth system shines

Manchester City 2 Timisoara 0 <i>(Manchester City win 3-0 on aggregate)</i>

Mancini pleased to impress Mansour

Roberto Mancini wishes Sheikh Mansour was around every week to act as Manchester City's lucky charm.

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