Mancio Underlines His Control Over Captaincy
From double subbing Robinho to stripping Carlos Tévez of the City captaincy. Roberto Mancini will not be moved...
The dapper City gaffer came to England with a hardline reputation and has repeatedly demonstrated his leadership in his dealings with big name players. Yesterday he confirmed that Tévez will no longer wear the City captains armband.
Tévez remains transfer listed at his own request and Mancio's pubic commitment to the brilliant Vincent Kompany will be met with unanimous approval across Planet Blue:
'Carlos wanted to leave for family reasons. I respected his opinion but Carlos is still here because we didn't find a solution.
'I decided in the summer that Vinnie is the captain.'
Tévez will start for City at home to Wigan today. Historically he takes on any form of percieved setback with some furious play. Mancio appeared to throw down a footballing gauntlet:
'He's a fantastic player for us, someone who can score 20 goals a season.'
all times GMT+1
Sa 10 Sep 15:00 Wigan, The Etihad, PL
We 14 September 19:45 Napoli, The Etihad, CLGS1
*Su 18 Sep 15:00 Fulham, Craven Cottage, PL
We 21 Sep 19:45 Birmingham, The Etihad, LC3
Sa 24 Sep 12:45 Everton, The Etihad, PL
Tu 27 September 19:45 Bayern Munich, Allianz Arena,
* Date Change
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