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Enjoying Manchester City’s treatment of Carlos Tevez

Manchester City in their affluent form can sometimes be slightly unpalatable; such is the nature of envy. However, I think it’s time for a sincere and hearty round of applause for the way in which the club have handled Carlos Tevez.

Ironically, the commodity that City possess that has turned us all green-eyed is the very same one that has enabled them to strike a blow against player-power. Minor and subsequently insignificant as it will soon be, I’ve still enjoyed it.

As has been obvious for some time now, the players rule the game. Don’t like your club – sulk and get a new one. Don’t like your contract – tell the press about it. Don’t feel like playing – don’t bother. Don’t like your wife/girlfriend – physically assault her.

Carlos Tevez is guilty of the majority of the last paragraph, and it’s warmed my heart to see City flex their financial muscle to spite him. It would have been all to easy for Sheikh Mansour to write the net loss off on Tevez, and allow to move to the first club willing and naive enough to take him – and it would have been forgivable, the Argentine is the proverbial dressing-room cancer after all.

“Absolutely not Carlos, you can train with the u10s until someone matches our valuation of you – and if they don’t, well that’s really more your problem than ours isn’t it?”

I’ve loved every second of it – because there’s nothing that Tevez or Kia Joorabchian has been able to do to force City’s hand.

“Oh he’s on enormous wages is he? So be it, we can afford to just keep paying them”

Ultimately, as we all know, as and when the ugliest man in all of South America does move to another club, it will all begin again – and buona fortuna to our Italian friends with that.

Still, small victories…

Man City’s Tevez wants to play for Boca

Of course you do, son. It’s a language problem, or a manager problem, or a lost-in-translation problem, or a not-enough-money problem.

Carlos Tevez has publicly declared that he’s only really interested in playing for Boca Juniors – the team he supported as a boy.

“I won’t return to play in England. My dream is to work from January with Boca Juniors.

There is not a money problem. I am very tired of travelling. I only want to prepare with Boca.”

Not to be a pedant at all here Carlos, but wouldn’t you be doing less traveling if you didn’t flounce off to Argentina every time you don’t get your own way about something? Cutting the melodramatics might just reduce your air miles.

The tragedy of this situation, is that an extremely gifted player has developed a sense of entitlement because of the people around him. He’s got so used to Kia Joorabchian spinning a web of lies to protect him that he’s completely lost touch with reality. Carlos Tevez is a football player, and he should realise that nobody has any sympathy for the supposed difficulties of such a profession.

Honestly, I couldn’t possible care less where Tevez ends up, as long as it’s not at another English club.

Right now, I’m sure he would dearly love to play for Boca – although that will doubtless change when he sees the wages that AC Milan offer him. He wants to be back in Argentina, although Italy or Spain or England or France will do if the money’s right.

Just get out. Go away. This situation is entirely of the player’s making – it’s not Manchester City or Roberto Mancini. Just as it wasn’t a problem with Sir Alex Ferguson, Manchester United, West Ham, or Corinthians – as Tevez and his entourage are the only common denominators in the acrimony that accompanied his departure from all of those clubs as well.

He’s a cancer in the game – the sooner he leaves England the better.

Tottenham fans should hope those Carlos Tevez rumours aren’t true

This will probably amount to little more than paper talk, but it’s worth a comment in any case.

Tottenham are a club with a delicate balance at the moment, and they need to think twice about bringing any potentially destabilising elements into their dressing-room.

Carlos Tevez is the very definition of that.

Despite the loss at the weekend, Spurs are still an excellent bet to finish in the Top 4 this season, and return to the Champions League. The squad is cohesive and trim, and Harry Redknapp has clearly focused his side on pulling together for the common good. One advantage that the Tottenham squad has over their rivals, is their comparative lack of ego – again, something to credit Redknapp with. They’re a team – Christ, even Emmanuel Adebayor is tracking back in defence.

That’s their biggest asset.

Carlos Tevez is a fine player, but a volatile one. With him in your side, you’re always one mood swing away from adverse publicity and a culture of negativity. Given the amount of money it would take to prize the Argentine away from Manchester City, and the amount on top that would be required to actually pay the player, Daniel Levy shouldn’t even entertain this as an idea.

Imagine, if you will, that Tevez did arrive at White Hart Lane. All of a sudden, you’ve got the conundrum of leaving out either him or Adebayor. Pick your poison. The key to getting the best of the Togolese – and with 8 goals and 6 assists in 14 games that’s what Redknapp has being doing – is to make him feel wanted. If he plays, he’s happy – if he doesn’t, he sulks. Read the same for Carlos Tevez, except factor more money, required adulation, more ego, and a more disruptive agent into the mix. A nightmare.

If ever there was a case for not ‘overloading the ship’, this is it – Redknapp will always flutter his eyelashes at players ‘he likes’, but hopefully he recognises the benefit of the clear definition and collective purpose that already exists in his side.

Of course it’s all just rumours, but it’s always fun to rage against a hypothetical.

Man City’s Carlos Tevez ‘nears agreement’ with AC Milan

Lots of reports this morning – mainly from Italy – suggesting that Carlos Tevez is close to agreeing personal terms with AC Milan. Obviously the player is still sulking somewhere in South America, so it sounds like Kia Joorabchian has been busy on his client’s behalf.

There’s an obvious caveat here though, as the Rossoneri will still have to pony up the £40m that Man City will want for the player.

So let me get this straight. The player sulks about not being allowed to leave a club, he then refuses to warm-up and play in a Champions League game, he’s given ‘above-and-beyond’ support from the PFA, and he then flaunts that by doing a runner to Argentina.

Are AC Milan out of their mind? Wherever Tevez has played, there’s always been extra-curricular controversy – always; West Ham, Manchester United, Corinthians etc.

Why on earth would you think that exactly the same pattern won’t repeat itself in Italy. What happens if Real Madrid show an interest an he suddenly remembers how important it is for his family to live in a Spanish-speaking country? What about if he gets left out of an important game and it bruises his ego? What happens if Milan fail to reach his bi-annual demand for an extravagant pay rise?

All that being said, the club do currently have a forward line of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Robinho and Antonio Cassano – so if anybody can deal with cartoon-like personalities with exaggerated senses of their own ability then it’s Milan.

Players like Tevez are a disease in the sport, and I personally can’t wait until he leaves this country. However, you have to hope that City stay strong over his asking price, I’m full of admiration for how the club has dealt with this so far so please don’t let him get a cut-price move.

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Man City’s Carlos Tevez backtracks to accept misconduct charge

Carlos Tevez has accepted the misconduct charge brought against him by Manchester City.

But I thought it was all just a big misunderstanding?

That’s what you said wasn’t it Carlos, that there’s no way you’d refuse to warm-up and play? Yes, I definitely remember that – along with your smirking little face when you were in Argentina during your ban.

What about Kia Joorabchian? I thought he said that you weren’t ‘that kind of player’ and that this was all, somehow, Roberto Mancini’s fault?

Weren’t you going to sue Mancini for defamation of character at one point?

Oh.

Oh yes.

That’s right, actually all that was just a potion of lies that you and your agent served to the media to protect your image and any future lucrative transfer. How naive of us. Well, it would be had anybody fallen for it.

Now get out of our league, and take your blood-sucking minor Public School agent with you.

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The Sun invent ‘Carlos Tevez demanding Man City apology’ story

Some of the evils of tabloid journalism have to be accepted – using fabricated quotes from shadowy ‘insiders’ to back-up generally correct stories being one of them. However, when you use said quotes to create an entire article – and then lead with it on your website – that’s slightly less-tolerable.

‘CARLOS TEVEZ DEMANDS APOLOGY FROM ROBERTO MANCINI’ screamed The Sun this lunchtime – obviously he said nothing of the sort, but we’ll go along for the ride anyway.

Apparently, a source said:

“Tevez is furious. He wants Mancini to apologise for saying he refused to play.

The whole thing could have been settled if both men had apologised but City rejected the idea.

It’s quite clear City do not have a water-tight case against him. Tevez will take this all the way to the Premier League. The process could take over six weeks.”

Hmmm.

Okay, so actual quotes from Carlos Tevez – none. New information that we were previously unaware of – none.

It’s strange that quotes couldn’t be found to support any of this, given how eager Kia Joorabchian usually is to talk to the media.

Note to all aspiring journalists; if you want to get some extra mileage out of a story that the public have tired of, invent a new twist to it that isn’t really true.

Genius. Oh, and The Sun refer to Carlos Tevez as an ‘Argy’ in the article. Lying? Check. Casual racism? Check. Two for two.

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Bleeding heart footballer stories remain pointless

I couldn’t help be notice Michael Calvin’s piece in The Mirror yesterday, an article predicated entirely around the untold hardship stories that exist in football – all underlined with the context of Carlos Tevez’s £200,000/week salary.

Sample quotes:

“As Tevez sulks on £200k a week, real pros are forced to take menial second jobs to survive. Welcome to the real world of professional footballers supposedly living the dream.

One – a former ­Championship utility player – will cut your lawn and tidy your hedges for £25 an hour.

The second – a journeyman striker at a Northern club – does the odd plumbing job to make ends meet.

The third – a popular ­defender who has had three clubs in a year – is being ­supported financially by his girlfriend.”

Look, I think that Carlos Tevez is as petulant and greedy as everybody else does, but let’s not get silly – this kind of article is a waste of internet space. You don’t need to draw such comparisons to illustrate the point about Tevez, it speaks for itself. Ultimately, all those phantom players mentioned are paid what they are because of their worth – that’s the economics of sport unfortunately.

Tales of players being supported by girlfriends or having to work second jobs just don’t resonate with the public, because if you’re not a good enough player to command enough money to survive on then you should give up the game and get a more lucrative career. Yes, yes, there are qualification obstacles for a lot of these guys, but no more so than for most of the rest of the population.

If you gave most adult males between the ages of 18 and 35 the choice of playing professional football but having to pick-up some bar shifts, or continuing with whatever employment they’re currently in, I’m guessing most would take that. Regardless of the wages involved, that is still ‘living the dream’ for most civilians

There are always choices, so save us the violins – and save us the Tevez parallel, because none of us can relate to it anyway.

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Kia Joorabchian now blaming Roberto Mancini for ‘Tevez vs Manchester City’

Oh will you please just go away…

Kia Joorabchian is intent on blaming everybody but his client for Carlos Tevez’s issues at Manchester City; it was the translator, it was unfair Sky questioning, it was a misunderstanding, and now it’s actually Roberto Mancini’s fault.

Joorabchian was asked whether he could see any reconciliation between player and manager, to which he replied:

“This is something for the two of them to work out. This is a personal relationship between two people. We have seen this happen all through the summer. I think we have seen [Cesc] Fabregas, [Luka] Modric, [Samir] Nasri… The list goes on, but they are high profile names. Throughout the summer they were handing in transfer requests, refused to travel, refused to play. I think that is a problem in general. But they refused to play in a different way. It was handled in a different way. Those managers handled it very differently. And the clubs. Roberto has his style of management. He is very direct and totally different to, let’s say, Sir Alex Ferguson or Arsene Wenger or even Carlo Ancelotti.”

As far as I’m aware, neither Cesc Fabregas nor Samir Nasri refused to travel or play during their time at Arsenal, and Luka Modric was left out of a game at Old Trafford by his manager – it’s not the same at all.

Please, please, please stop trying to justify what happened, especially given that Mancini’s ‘direct’ management style currently has Manchester City second in the table and unbeaten.

Carlos Tevez at Corinthians, at West Ham, at Manchester United, and at Manchester City – what’s the common theme? Unrest, acrimony, and in some instances scandal and wrong-doing. Are we really to believe that Tevez has just unwillingly stumbled through a succession of clubs and managers that have treated him badly, or is Team Tevez’s money-lust and collective diva-ish behaviour the real problem?

It’s always a money problem, or a family problem, a failure to settle, an unfair manager, or a bad range of restaurants – a different day a different problem, you’re running out of excuses for your client Kia.

Paddy Power are still offering odds on whether Tevez will ever play for City again – very tempting. Get on it…

Man City’s Tevez with a transparent PR exercise

I’m not usually an advocate of schadenfreude, but I am quite enjoying what’s happening to Carlos Tevez.

So, you want more money do you? A move back to Argentina to be closer to your family? Or maybe a move to Spain would do? Or Italy?

Of course, not only did the Argentine not get his move away, but once he was forced to stay he was stripped of the captaincy and now finds himself languishing on the bench watching Sergio Aguero usurp his position in the hearts of the fans.

Good, hats off to Manchester City, because I’m sure every fan who’s watched a star player treat their club like Tevez has treated City will be loving this. This is the trade off when a player is employed by a phenomenally wealthy club; while they may earn an astronomical salary, the ‘player power’ antics aren’t nearly as effective as they would be at a less affluent club. City don’t need to sell him and have no problem paying his wages.

Last night showed Carlos Tevez for who he really is as a footballer. His refusal to warm-up had nothing to do with his family, his inability to speak English, or the Manchester weather. He’s sulking, because for once Kia Joorabchian was unable to twist a club’s arm into getting his client what he wanted.

Of course this morning, the usual ‘misunderstanding’ stories are being leaked out by Tevez’s PR team.

“There was some confusion on the bench and I believe my position may have been misunderstood.

I would like to apologise to all Manchester City fans, with whom I have always had a strong relationship, for any misunderstanding that occurred in Munich.

They understand that when I am on the pitch I have always given my best for the club. In Munich on Tuesday I had warmed up and was ready to play.

This is not the right time to get into specific details as to why this did not happen. But I wish to state that I never refused to play.

Going forward I am ready to play when required and to fulfil my obligations.”

There was no confusion, watch the interview with Roberto Mancini below.

What a difference a conversation with your agent makes. A misunderstanding, but one that you’re unable to explain? Sounds reasonable Carlos. Nobody doubts that these words belong to Joorabchian rather than Tevez, because the former is smart – he knows that every little incident like this moves makes him more of a risk to the Barcelonas, AC Milans, and Real Madrids of this world.

A bit of PR skullduggery to protect the image, it’s all lies. He did refuse to warm-up and play, an entire Champions League television audience can attest to that.

This kind of player is a cancer in the game, so Roberto Mancini is to be whole-heartedly applauded if he follows through with his threat never to let Tevez play for him again. It would be quite childish, and to their own detriment, but I’d quite like to see City force Tevez to see out the rest of his contract – make him sit on the bench and watch the fans fall in love with Sergio Aguero.

He wouldn’t even have to warm-up for that…

Tevez heads for City exit door having fooled everybody.

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There’s something troubling about Carlos Tevez’s public image. It’s far too healthy.

Today, of course, was a landmark day in one of the most drawn-out transfer sagas in recent memory; Tevez has finally decided that he wants to leave Manchester City. Although you can never really rule out a u-turn and a misquote claim, it does actually seem like he means it this time.

He was definitely more sincere then when he went on an Argentine chatshow and derided Manchester for its lack of appeal as a holiday destination, or when he used his complex family situation as a leverage tool with which to drill the Abu Dhabi United Group’s resources.

Tevez has of course, rightly, had a range of favourable adjectives thrown at his playing attributes – tenacious, hard-working, lethal in front of goal – but they have a tendency to mask his underwhelming public image off the pitch. From the moment he and Javier Mascherano dropped out of the sky on transfer-deadline day five years ago, his existence in the Premier League has been defined by money.

A broadsheet journalist – possibly Patrick Barclay – once described Tevez as an industry, and that’s a fairly negative tag to have on you. In his career, he’s trawled from Argentina to England – and maybe now to Spain – shifting currency like a Wall Street Trader, and never pausing to grow any roots. Like a magnet amongst iron-fillings, Tevez just attracts cash.

Carlos the player will always be loved his own fans – he has all the qualities that seem to be fading out of the modern game. He’s personable, he works hard, connects with the fans, and seems to understand the privileges his profession affords him. But off the pitch there’s a darker element to his career, a footballer-for-hire that Kia Joorabchian tactically positions in the richest possible cash stream. From Boca to Corinthians, to West Ham and on to both halves of Manchester – each move with a new financial incentive for MSI, Joorachbian or Tevez, and each departure leaving varying levels of acrimony.

It’s strange, for example, that he still enjoys a good rapport with West Ham’s fans – yes, there’s some intermittent booing when he returns to Upton Park, in the eyes of the majority he’s the player that saved them from relegation and not the one that left the club for free and cost them millions over the murky details of his registration.

‘He runs a lot, he scores goals, and he does that thing with his shin-pad that has something to do with his daughter’.

Maybe, but Carlos is running for Carlos, not the shirt – he’s the embodiment of the modern player, rather than the throwback he’s mistaken for.

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