Premier League

Mancini grateful to City faithful

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Sat, 18 May 2013 11:50:00

Goalkeeper Colin Doyle has penned a new two-year contract at Birmingham.

The 27-year-old, who first joined the club's Academy back in 2001 before turning professional two years later, was due to see his existing deal run out this summer but will now remain at St Andrew's until 2015.

Doyle has played second fiddle to the likes of Joe Hart, Ben Foster and Jack Butland in recent years but, following the departure of the latter to Stoke, will compete with new signing Darren Randolph for the gloves next season.

The Italian, who led City to their first league title since 1968 last season, was sacked earlier this week following a disappointing campaign where they lost their Premier League crown to Manchester United and knocked out of the Champions League at the group stage.

Mancini has always has a good relationship with the fans and in a full-page advert in the Manchester Evening News wrote: "Manchester City Supporters 3 unforgettable years, you will always be in my heart, ciao, Roberto Mancini."

As well as the league title, Mancini won the FA Cup with City in 2011 and Community Shield last summer.

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