Back manager, urges Kidd

MANCHESTER City assistant boss Brian Kidd has urged England fans to get behind new manager Roy Hodgson rather than carp about the men he has left out of his squad.

MANCHESTER City assistant boss Brian Kidd has urged England fans to get behind new manager Roy Hodgson rather than carp about the men he has left out of his squad.

City have more reason to moan than most given Micah Richards was a notable absentee.

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The Blues full-back was even overlooked when Hodgson (pictured) brought in Liverpool’s Martin Kelly as cover for Glen Johnson, but Kidd does not view it as time to get on Hodgson’s back.

“It has been very difficult for Roy,” said Kidd. “He has just taken over and the job is difficult enough without people passing comment. Everybody should get behind him and want the team to do well.

“It is very common to be judgmental in football but Roy has his own view. Everybody should back him.”