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13 May 2016

The manager on Everton

ALEX Neil is urging his players to give City’s supporters reason to cheer when they travel to Everton for Sunday’s final Barclays Premier League game of the season (3pm).

The Club’s relegation to the second tier was confirmed on Wednesday, leaving little riding on this weekend’s game at Goodison Park.

But Neil is demanding that his players give their all in front of another sizeable away support, telling the press on Thursday: "For me and hopefully for the squad, it’s about pride.

"Not only that, it’s for the amount of support the fans have shown us all season, particularly the away fans who have travelled the length and breadth of the country.

"We owe them to go out and do our very best and that’s exactly what I’ll expect.

"If it is difficult to raise it, then we’ve got some of the wrong people here."

Neil will be faced in the opposite dugout by David Unsworth and Joe Royle after Toffees manager Roberto Martinez left the Merseysiders on Thursday following three seasons in the role.

City’s boss added: "It’s never nice to hear about anybody losing their job.

"I know Roberto from when I was at Hamilton and young James (McCarthy) went to play for him, so it’s sad to hear."

Neil will be without Jonny Howson, Timm Klose, Andre Wisdom (all knee) and Alex Tettey (ankle) for the match in the north-west.

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