Writer: Johnny Baguette
Date:Sunday December 12 2010
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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Date:Sunday December 12 2010
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