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Kidd happy to stay at City

Manchester City assistant manager Brian Kidd is delighted to have been offered the chance to stay at the club under Manuel Pellegrini.

Kidd’s position at the Etihad Stadium was brought into question after former manager Roberto Mancini was sacked at the end of last season.

However, even though new boss Pellegrini has brought in three of his coaches from previous club Malaga, the Chilean has also opted to keep Kidd on.

“I’m pleased Mr Pellegrini wants me to stay. It’s a compliment and a great honour,” the 64-year-old said.

“The City fans will be behind the new manager. It’s been a difficult couple of weeks – now it’s time to look to the new season and get on with it.”

With several key players coming to the end of their contracts, including Carlos Tevez, Gareth Barry and Joleon Lescott, Kidd expects Pellegrini to make some big decisions regarding personnel in the next couple of weeks.

“He will look through the squad,” he added. “He needs to speak to one or two players, which he’s going to do now. He’ll get a better picture now it’s official.”

Kidd has been with City since 2009 after also playing for the club from between 1976 and 1979.

During his time in the assistant manager position, Kidd has seen the club lift their first title since 1968 when Sergio Aguero’s dramatic last-minute winner against Queens Park Rangers on the last day of the 2011-12 season gave them the crown.

Sun 16 June, 2013
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