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Mancio, Time To Make The Kompany Man Our Leader

In the wake of Carlos Tevez's ill advised, ludicrously timed submission of a wish to leave, the club have moved swiftly to counter it. Time for City to do likewise on the pitch...

Manchester City Football Club are now an impeccably run business when all is said and done and have built solidly upon the every directive of His Highness Sheikh Mansour.

Whereas some clubs would dither over Carlos Tevez's agent's leak to the hacks of his client's decision to quit City, The Blues' well oiled machine have moved swiftly to make a public statement, reject the transfer request and kick the ball firmly into the Tevez camp's half of the field. In this correspondent's opinion, the board should be applauded for it. Long gone are the days when The Citizens were dictated to by their players, lest we forget Nicolas Anelka's white flag wantaway sulking strop under Kevin Keegan.

Only last week was it tragically revealed that City striker legend Neil Young has been diagnosed with terminal cancer. Young has never known the weekly rewards that Tevez enjoys and when that fact is considered in a City context, it makes the Argentian strikers stance an appalling one.

No City fan wants a player on board who isn't up for the cause and we no longer have to put up with one either, despite what legions of drooling home counties rags will be dreaming of this weekend.

Carlos Tevez's role as Captain of our club, an absolute honour handed to him by Roberto Mancini is now untenable and you can bet your bottom euro that the hardline City boss will already be considering his options whilst in Italy caring for his sick father.

So what are those captaincy options? Kolo Toure flapped and floundered under the responsibilty given to him by Mark Hughes and he has played like a man released after Mancio had seen enough.

Our midfield warrior Nigel De Jong has also worn the armband but surely, his crucial contribution and focus cannot be risked considering City's brilliant league position which has been strengthened tonight by Spurs and Chelsea cancelling each other out.

The solution is at hand and it goes right to the heart of this City team and key to a defence which has conceded only 13 goals in 17 matches.

Any Blue who has seen City at close quarters these past two seasons will tell you that our classy Belgian International giant Vincent Kompany has led our defensive line with growing distinction and dignity repeatedly. He takes no prisoners, does not suffer fools gladly and anyone who has interviewed him will tell you he is a no nonsense winner.

Not only is Kompany an ambassador for the club on the field, he is more than one of it. Well settled in Manchester, he always has time for the fans and is always good value. You won't catch him talking about himself in dreary superstar interviews. It'll be the team and what we are aiming for.

If you want an example of how this guy wears his heart on his sleeve, look no further than his fury at City conceding late at West Ham.

Tevez has foolishly challenged the club in the way he has chosen to deal with his problems, whichever way anyone tries to dress it up. It's come at a time when the squad have gelled and have built up tremendous momentum. Hardly the actions of a team man and only serve to drag down top flight superstar player images following every rags favourite scouser Wayne Rooney's recent sting at Old Trafford.

In order to keep the momentum going Mancio could do far worse than hand the responsibility of captaincy to the eloquent Kompany ahead of whatever destabilising route or revelation that Tevez's people choose to take or make next. And they will. We cannot afford to lose focus now.

Mancio, make it so.


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Writer: Johnny Baguette Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday December 12 2010

Time: 7:02PM

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It's disappointing that our CAPTAIN wants to jump ship - he should be the one who goes down fighting to the bitter end. Evidently he cannot live up to this prestigious responsibility and honour. Kompany or De Jong would get my vote to replace him as captain. Even if Tevez stays, how can his position be tenable after this?
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12/12/2010 19:23:00

Tevez should be stripped immediately and wages should be docked..he already gets special dispensation to go gallivanting back to argentina on a whim and his family only went back there coz tevez was playing away with different women..i agree get vinny in as captain and tevez must be told to toe the line and i think with santa cruz and adebayor leaving in january mancini must have a shopping list for strikers come january..
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12/12/2010 19:36:00

I think Tevez has come close now to a suicide mission. I will never disrespect the contribution that he has made, but City has to be tough and move on. I spoke to Martin Jol when Hamburg played us in the UEFA acouple of years ago and he told that his best 2 players now play for City. They both sparkle for us week in week out. With the exception of Zabaleta the South American contingent have let us down although Jo is starting to show something. I agree that Kompany should be captain. Not only does he have the attributes you have stated, he is also an intelligent man.
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12/12/2010 19:39:00

According to arch rag Harry Harris at ESPN Tevez is ready to dish the dirt. Time to brace ourselves for a difficult week.
Johnny Baguette
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12/12/2010 19:41:00

Tevez Welcome to Manchester, hahaha the idiot dosnt want to play for a soulless club, who can blame, not even your pathetic wagestructure will keep him.. auch...
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12/12/2010 20:14:00

And the reason for the rags abject inability to sign him from his owners was....?
Johnny Baguette
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12/12/2010 20:19:00

Vinny, your time has come
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12/12/2010 20:58:00

United didnt want to sign remember, who can blame us, he is nothing more than a spoiled mercenary.. next up Real Madrid, from one circus to another... hahaha, the best part is, you have no one to replace him, and no one to buy, cause which class player in their right mind would want to join your plastic club.
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13/12/2010 08:20:00

NK, stop talking *****, Utd did everything in their power to try to sign Tevez at the time.
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13/12/2010 09:06:00

and the rags swooped for Obertan, Owen etc as a result.
Johnny Baguette
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13/12/2010 12:36:00

United made a 25 mil bid for Tevez to try and keep him, this was confirmed. He just didn't want to stay so United signed Michael Owen too. A rag family member made a bet with me that Owen would score more goals than Tevez. I needn't tell you how that ended up. ;)
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