Mancini grateful to City faithful

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.