Is there really anything left to say about the little Argentine ponce? As we all know Carlos Tevez refused to pull on the blue shirt this week something that all City fans would do for nothing, and would love to do for, oh say, £200k a week.
My biggest fear with the whole situation though is the effect it could have on Roberto Mancini, and how it could affect his position as manager. Bobby told the press in no uncertain terms that the Argentine striker would never play for Manchester City again on his watch, it was a big statement and one that I expect City fans would all go along with, what about the financial implications though?
I am no economics whizz-kid, in fact I would go as far as to say I am clueless on the topic, but I am not sure realistically what the club can do. If money was no object, he would be put in the reserves for the length of his contract and just left there to rot, but with the impending FFP rules that sadly is not an option. The player may claim otherwise, but I don’t believe that we have treated him badly, we bent over backwards for him this Summer and made attempts to move him on, we even signed a replacement in Sergio Aguero, but there was simply no realistic buyers.
I think the chances of this changing in January, with a big money offer coming in are slim to none, especially given this weeks pathetic display of childishness. Noone really buys the players pathetic excuses and even though todays press are trying to claim there is a lack of support from the manager within the ranks we know that isn’t the case, as Pablo Zabaleta has already confirmed on his twitter account that the refusal to play did happen. The player is now suspended for 2 weeks as the club decides what to do next. The most likely scenario to me seems to be a cut price move in the January transfer window, a bid of around £25million would surely be acceptable to all parties at this point.
If the Italian wass forced to welcome Tevez back into the first team squad, I can see him walking. He has spoken of wanting total control before, but in the modern game that is difficult. With FFP, decisions have to be made by CEO’s, owners and Irene the tea lady. I do think the manager should have the last word, and I agree Tevez should be alienated, but how well just ripping up his contract would go down with the money men I am unsure.
For me the best solution would seem to be convincing the player to buy himself out of his contract with the threat of legal action, that would allow the club to move on and receive a substantial sum of money from the player, Mancini would get his wish, and Tevez would no longer be an issue, going back to my limited knowledge the interior running of football clubs however I am unsure as to how this could or even if it would work.
On the more positive side of things, if a deal is agreed and the board are seen to be backing the manager it could turn into a real plus, the events in Munich could galvanise the team and bring them together. Obviously it could go the other way and the squad could tear itself apart, but with the positive attitude that MOST players seem to be exhibiting a definitive stance from the board to back the manager could really help City in the long run, and lets be honest, that is what all blues all want.
So finally a message to the City fans amongst you, Forza Mancini, lets get behind him, the club and everyone that is pulling in the right direction, the blue moon will continue to rise, hopefully without Tevez.
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