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The club's supporters stumped up the cash for a one-page message in an Italian newspaper bidding farewell to their former boss in response to his original effort

Manchester City fans have responded to Roberto Mancini's farewell gesture by returning the favour with an advertisement in Gazzetta dello Sport.

The Italian, who was sacked after defeat to Wigan in the FA Cup final last season, took out a full page in the Manchester Evening News to thank the club's fans for their support during his three-year tenure.

In response, fans created the 'Grazie Mancini fund' which raised £7,000, enabling them to return the gesture in the Italian daily newspaper.

The idea was the brainchild of City supporter Adam Keyworth, who also insisted that any money left over will be donated to a local charity for disabled children.

"We raised £5,000 in the first two days and the money has just continued to pour in," he told BBC Sport.

"We didn’t get a chance to say goodbye to Mancini as the sacking was quite messy so we’re hoping, now we have the money, to put the ad in this weekend.

"I’m told Mancini is aware of the plan. After his advert last week we thought, what better way to say thank you to him?"

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