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The Devil Will Find Work For Idle Hands To Do

The Devil Will Find Work For Idle Hands To Do

Hapless drifter Benjani and spent force crock Martin Petrov get on the diss City bandwagon and follow unsavoury footsteps bemoaning a club their injuries were nursed at...

The lack of professionalism and spoilt brattishness across world football beggars belief these days. Millionaire superstars queue up to slate their former employees. Before we go any further, let's make it clear that this isn't a situation exclusive to Manchester City.

However, Stephen Ireland, Petrov and Benjani all found themselves unable to raise their form to the high standards set by Roberto Mancini, and now themselves offloaded, opt for their own bitter offloads.

We've even seen goalkeeping veteran Kasper Schmeichel, whom Sven-Goran Eriksson didn't rate dishing out advice to Shay Given in recent weeks! Nedum Onuoha to a lesser extent had a pop.

Let's listen to 31 year old Rigsby, first.

Serious injury meant that the much admired winger was losing the edge to the speed that his game was all about. He missed many months out of action and obviously fell down the pecking order. Yet, despite the superb medical assistance he received at City, he's up for a bit of a tirade. Don't forget, he's got self obsessed form in this area. He's with the Bulgarian squad getting ready to face an England squad that boasts six Blues:

'100 per cent no, I don't miss City. If I accepted their one-year offer now I would be on loan somewhere else. At the moment at City people are becoming more bad than good. The human relationships are lost and the trust is lost too. In this situation the players are going to play like millionaires in games and are not a team on the pitch.'

Thanks for your input, Rigsby. Across three years he managed 59 City appearances and 9 goals.

Next up, 32 year old one season Pompey wonder Benjamin Mwaruwari, who has set himself up for a frosty reception at Eastlands a week on Saturday with his latest club Blackburn Rovers:

'It sounds great, but in football money is not everything. What is needed is people who can hang around and love you to be there. Sometimes you are loved to be there because of money, which is not good. I would prefer to be here without having all those facilities, be happy and trust everyone around you...behind the scenes, there is no trust. I would prefer to play for a club where you are being trusted and you trust everyone around you.'

Good grief. He goes on to accuse City's players of being money motivated. You ask yourself what deal himself and agent Willie McKay held out for to get him to Manchester in 2008 in a protracted farce. Across two and a half years, where he was brought back to full fitness from a serious thigh injury, Benjani scraped a pisspoor 23 City appearances and 4 goals.

So in conclusion, we have two thirty something players nearing the end of their careers ungratefully rounding on the club that has helped prolong those careers with intensive medical treatment and rehabilitation using the top drawer facilities Benjani would rather not have.

There is a siege mentality forming at Manchester City and by many insider accounts, the players have formed a spirited close knit unit at Carrington.

Keep the team talk's coming ex Blues. We await Robinho's first expert analysis with headshakes at the ready.

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Johnny Baguette
Date:Thursday September 2 2010
Time: 6:11PM


I come in peace, but this reminds me of a North Korean news broadcast, i have to say I do find it funny how everybody who leaves you is portayed as an idiot by this writer, yet mercenaries such as Mario are labeled "super" Honestly how long will it be before Super Mario throws his dummy out. Surely youd agree that things arent all rosey at Eastlands and some players egos n all are BOUND to be very unhappy with the way they have been treated etc with the ridiculous spending and chop changing taking place. A good 30% to 40% of your 25 man squad are now at City purely for the money. If youre being honest youd agree. But aslong as youve got that "sprited tight-knit group" all shall be fine.
02/09/2010 18:22:00
Truth hurts?
02/09/2010 18:25:00
Well said, JB. Great article about players who were on the inside, expecting to just retain a place, and didn't want to work as hard as they should have. It's too bad, because Petrov was a pretty decent winger, just didn't try enough. I have nothing to say about Benjani, because he never did anything worth talking about, except maybe that goal against the rags.
02/09/2010 18:26:00
Its 5 players who have slated the club now hudders, But we all no there idiots and wrong LOL
02/09/2010 18:28:00
I knew this article was coming also ;) there will be a robinho one in the next few days talking of his lies!
02/09/2010 18:29:00
Idle hands? More like idle minds! These players were all shipped out for a reason, being bitter about it is pathetic. They are at Bolton and Blackburn for a reason - being *****e.
02/09/2010 18:36:00
Damn, thought it was about the Smiths... I stole and I lied, and why ? Because you asked me to !
The Fear
02/09/2010 18:36:00
Didn't Toure and Super Mario admit that they never wanted to leave their former clubs? I wonder why they came here?? Mwahahahaha :P
02/09/2010 18:39:00
HY, we don't know the answer to that we#ve not seen him play a fuill match
Buzz Lightyear
02/09/2010 18:49:00
Sorry folks, but why is anyone surprised that these walking egos are upset at losing their cushy little numbers at City? The revolution has come very quickly, and it must really hurt players like Ireland, Petrov and Benjani to be told that they are not of the accepted standard required by our club any longer. Notwithstanding the fact that Petrov missed the best part of an entire season by defying club orders and playing for Bulgaria, where he sustained a serious cruciate injury, once he'd returned he spent most of his time pointing to the name on his back - hardly the actions of a man in love with our club - quite the converse, he was and still is entirely in love with himself. Benjani was a last minute panic buy by Sven - we never really wanted him, he never really wanted us. His *****-poor stats speak volumes about his worth to the team, and he simply had to go ASAP. Don't even get me started on Cobh's own answer to Lionel Messi! So to sum up, these are three players who were on great wages at a team that has gone from mid-table mediocrity when they signed to potential title challengers when they left, and they are on the outside looking in wondering what if? That's got to hurt, and in the ego-driven world of football where the interest on a player's weekly wages probably exceeds their IQ a hundred fold they are naturally going to vent their hurt to anyone who will listen. I could care less about their remarks and am not the slightest bit worried about them. For one thing, there is a reason they are gone and they are just confirming we were right to get rid, so let our rivals have a laugh at what they perceive to be problems where there are none. The only problems are in our ex-players' heads.
02/09/2010 19:31:00
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