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3 May 2018
1995: Alan Ball leaves Southampton for manager’s job at Man City

After inspiring Southampton to a 10th-place finish, Alan Ball was tempted away from The Dell to take the manager’s job at Manchester City.

However, at Maine Road the 50-year-old struggled to repeat the success he enjoyed on the south coast.

City opened their campaign with 11 winless matches in the Premier League and, although Ball inspired a brief recovery that resulted in his winning the Premier League Manager of the Month award for November, City were relegated on the final day of the season on goal difference.

He handed in his resignation early in the 1996/97 season.

2013: Kolo Toure swaps Manchester City for Liverpool

Kolo Toure's move from Manchester City to Liverpool on a free transfer was confirmed.

The 32-year-old centre-back, who won the Premier League title with Arsenal and City, initially agreed a two-year deal with the Anfield club at the end of May before completing the deal on 2 July.

He spent three seasons at the club, making 46 PL appearances for Liverpool and scoring once.

The Ivorian hung up his boots in September 2017 after played 353 times in the top flight, contributing 108 clean sheets and 12 goals.

Kolo Toure, Liverpool
Kolo Toure signs for Liverpool from Manchester City in 2013

 

 

 

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