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Joorabchian Turns Fire On Mancio

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 £25 million. That's £10 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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Writer: Johnny Baguette VMC Newsdesk Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday January 28 2012

Time: 9:01AM

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As most of you know,I have said that I wouldn't be surprised if Carlos played for us again. I do not believe for a minute all of what Joorabchian is saying but what I do know is that this problem has been going on for far too long, for whatever reasons, and it should be fixed. This has become a major embarrassment for the club and I hope and pray it will be solved soon. Nothing is ever ' black and white ' and we supporters should be backing any measure that will resolve this. I know many of you will come out against me and my way of thinking, but a bit of clear thinking from everyone ir required.
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28/01/2012 09:29:00

to be honest tevez burnt his bridges with me the day he threw the city scarves to the floor on his way to picking up the fa cup, i do however find it most amusing that now everything has gone tits up for him his agent is suddenly bleating about his contract, well my question is how much did he care about his contract when he buggered off to argentina?
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28/01/2012 10:51:00

We play a big un an a little un up front, so how would he displace Kun in any case.
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28/01/2012 11:09:00

What exactly is Mancini supposed to do? T***z was found in breach of contract on numerous counts. He was offered an olive branch by Mancini which he refused. Does Mancini offer him another one? If he did would this not completely undermine his authority? Would this in turn not affect the discipline within the whole squad if the manager was seen as a soft touch? It would be embarrassing for the club if T***z was allowed stroll back in as if he has done nothing wrong. If any sort of resolution is met then this criticising of Mancini in the press by the snake has to stop and an apology needs to be forthcoming from T***z to the club, his manager, his team mates and the fans. We all know that's not going to happen so if he really is desperate to play he can compensate City for their losses on his value in the transfer market and buy out the remainder of his contract in return for his registration. He is then free to ply his trade elsewhere.
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28/01/2012 12:26:00

Sack the scroat and sue him
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28/01/2012 12:46:00

For the life of me, I cannot understand why any City fan - or, indeed, fan of football/sport generally - would want to see Tevez back playing in the PL. I don't care if we have all our strikers injured (or, more likely, suspended!) and have to play the under-twelve team; this is a question of basic integrity, a quality which, I am happy to observe, City seem to be displaying. Allow a bunch of lying, self-serving, double-dealing *********s like the Tevez camp back into our club? Never.
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28/01/2012 15:26:00

Maybe Joorachbian should start doing his job ie finding Tevez a club...He didn't manage to do that in the summer and again not now! Actually quite incredible for a top player not to manage to achieve this. I am worried about him not being able to do it again in the summer, what a useless "advisor"
Blue ponderer
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28/01/2012 15:44:00

Kia Joorabchian - a Weasel's Weasel.
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28/01/2012 16:57:00

What about loaning him back to the rags? Their traditional er, "strong second half of the season" hasn't got going yet.
Johnny Baguette
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28/01/2012 18:26:00

Well now, I didn;t say he should play for us again I said I wouldn't be surprised if he did. The whole thing has become a circus and needs sorting. it seems my post has been perceived as an attack,on Mancini and this is not the case. Please read what I posted without getting the hackles up.. The loger the circus goes on the longer we have to put up with idiocy.
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29/01/2012 04:57:00

Just because it's virtually unthinkable (and none of us would be best pleased by it) doesn't mean it can't happen Ozi!
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29/01/2012 08:25:00

It is a ploy to be able to be released from his contract, If he returns then Bob must pick him or he can complain that City too have breached the contract and therefore we may well find tevez once again in a sky blue shirt, but we wont know for certain until Wednesday morning.
Buzz Lightyear
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29/01/2012 08:33:00

What I've been trying to get across 5th, good one mate. We supporters must be open to the idea that it may well happen to help resolve things.
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29/01/2012 08:51:00

How can you lot have breached his contract by not picking him if he comes back and Mankini doesnt play him? Its not written into any contract how many games a season a player must play - its up to the manager at the end of the day - Mankini should leave him to rot in the reserves.....
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29/01/2012 11:04:00

NW, there's a FIFA rule that says if a player doesn't appear in 10% of his club's games he can terminate his contract under sporting just cause. The problem for T***z here is that he made himself unavailable by going AWOL so it's unlikely that he will be able to use this rule to get out.
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29/01/2012 11:36:00


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