Writer: Johnny Baguette VMC Newsdesk
Date:Saturday January 28 2012
As on strike Carlos Tévez's gambled hopes of a January transfer away from City collapse, in an extraordinary outburst his adviser-ish agent targeted Roberto Mancini...
After all the air miles, the golfing and dinner photos and the regular output to selected hacks, the dalliance looks to have come to nothing.
Paris Saint-Germain were the first to publically pull out of talks citing Tévez's personal demands. Internazionale followed suit, yet both clubs were applauded by City Chairman Khaldoon Al-mubarak over how they conducted their business.
Shifty AC Milan, one nautical mile closer to Buenos Aires was always going to be Tévez's favoured destination but they were not prepared to meet City's conservative valuation for a player who has scored 53 goals in 80 starts for the club. A cool Ł25 million. That's Ł10 million less than Liverpool paid for the dreadful Andy Carroll who has scored 6 times in one year.
With his man's plans lying in tatters, Kia Joorabchian, who as far as we are aware has no experience of football management took to the airwaves and Murdoch's populist, bandwaggoning radio station Talksport to vent considerable spleen directly at City's manager, rewinding back to the night when Tévez bottled taking on Bayern Munich with his teammates up against it:
'There are always two sides to the story and, if cooler heads and maturity prevail, these things don't get out of hand. I think it is the responsibility of the older man, the manager, to control the players. The hierarchy at City have been excellent. If it was the hierarchy, the people running the club, they would have handled it in a different way and things wouldn't have exploded.'
- Lest we forget Tévez's repeated previous assertions that the problem he had at Manchester City was with the club's hierarchy and not the manager. Joorabchian:
'The explosion of that day - the manager's comments - was so bad it created an unsustainable situation. Carlos served a two week suspension, then he was training on his own and then training with the reserves and at some point you have to say: 'He has served his suspension, now integrate him back.' But there was never any door to that, which is probably why he left. He could not see any daylight and Mancini has made it very clear he doesn't want him in the first team. So what does he Carlos do? Does he stay in the reserves, collect his money and say 'Stuff you?' It has never been about money for him.'
The majority of City supporters response to that would be who gives a bollocks, but we are all of a sudden faced with the fact that Tévez's plan has failed and he now knows he has to start playing football again in order to arrest his career going into meltdown.
Before slating Mancini for ousting the likes of Emmanuel Adebayor and Craig Bellamy Joorabchian suggested Tévez is going to have to head back to a language, a city and a culture he has openly criticised:
'Mancini has said it is impossible but he has to understand Carlos has a contract at City for the next two and a half years. Carlos has been on walkabout but he has come to terms with the fact he has to come back and live with Mancini...What should Carlos apologise for? It is almost like a false 'I'm sorry.' He doesn't believe, deep down, that he did anything wrong.'
We could be about to witness one of the biggest tail between the legs jobs we've witnessed in Manchester.
Should Mancio let Tévez anywhere near a close knit Blue brotherhood of a first team squad again? Give us your thoughts both here and in the VMC Forum
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Date:Saturday January 28 2012
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