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What’s Next For Carlos Tevez?

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Has Carlos Tevez gone on strike? Or is he suspended? I would say both. Either way, he is not going to be playing in a sky blue shirt again, and rightly so.

Tevez was selfish and spoilt on Wednesday night. He signed with a contract reportedly worth £250,000 a week, and the very least City should expect from the Argentinean is an agreement to play for the team and their supporters when requested by the manager. It is such a basic responsibility for any footballer. The fact that he refused to play is just disrespectful to all involved with the club and even disrespectful to the game itself. So, now what? Well, Mancini said to the press after the game that Carlos has no future at Manchester City. Tevez the next morning said it was all ‘a misunderstanding’. And of course, now he has said that, his team-mates that sat along side him will surely back him up. However, this ‘misunderstanding’ appears to be at odds to the interview he gave to Sky Sports immediately after the match.

Here is what he said:

“I was not feeling good mentally or physically so I told the manager.”

Of course, that interview is open to interpretation but I think it is pretty clear that Carlos did not misunderstand his manager. Now he finds himself not playing football, and he can’t be sold to another Premier League club until January.

In the view of many fans and pundits, Tevez should be dropped to the reserves, made to sit on the bench, fined two weeks wages – if not more, and sold in January. That is the most pragmatic option especially after his disgraceful actions. But whether that will happen is a different matter. There could be a temptation to simply sack the player and end all relations with him. For that to happen though, there would need to be an internal investigation followed by a proper disciplinary process. It would also probably write off the best part of £40 million that they could potentially still receive for him. Now although City can afford to do that, they want to try and run their club in the best possible way, and aren’t like that.

There are only a couple of other options:

One, he could go and play in the second tier of football. Perhaps it would teach him a few lessons. However, it is difficult to see this happening. Already, West Ham United have said they are interested in taking him back to Upton Park and Football League rules allow him to sign for a Championship club on loan, even though the transfer window has closed. Although Manchester City has rebuffed this offer, this could have worked very well, for Manchester City and Tevez. It would have allowed him to keep playing football, could have got him out of the spotlight for a couple of months, and who knows, maybe he’d realise what he’d done. Anyway, any club not in the Premier League could do this, and, at the end of his loan spell, Mancini could sell him and adiós it would be.

Two, although I doubt a top European club would gamble on buying a star who keeps on wanting to go back home. Dubai could be tricky, but Brazil and Argentina are possibilities for him.

Whatever happens, City will survive without him. They have a club brimming with fantastic players, and more will be coming in. They have a brilliant manager and an intelligent owner and accompanied with a dedicated set of fans. Don’t get me wrong, Tevez is one of the world’s best players when he is at his best. Nobody can take away from him how well he has played for City and how far he has taken the club. He has had a profound effect on them. But that is not the point. He has done something that a footballer just does not do. He’s acted in an arrogant and narrow-minded way, and he cannot play for Manchester City again. One, he doesn’t want to, and two, they just can’t let him.

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  1. Daniel

    October 30, 2011 at 11:25 pm

    Let Carlos play, he’s one of the best player in the world, big freaking deal he didn’t want to warm up or play. So what focus on what he has done for the team. Manchini’s inability to manage a team is obvious and at the root of a problem that sooner or later City is going to face. As for now we’re letting a great player leave the team.

  2. Garth

    October 1, 2011 at 10:28 pm

    What’s next for Tevez? Jail.

  3. Stephen

    September 30, 2011 at 11:24 pm

    Gaffer, I’m sure you’ve noticed that the articles have not generated the number of posts from readers as before. That is due to the new web design and layout. It is not the most user-friendly. The old design was easier to navigate and you didn’t have to hunt for things. Also the scrolling comments don’t work. Keep it static. Just my .02 worth.

    • The Gaffer

      October 1, 2011 at 5:14 am

      Thanks Stephen for the feedback. The redesign is in beta, so we’re still refining things, but I appreciate your input.

      The Gaffer

  4. Harry

    September 30, 2011 at 11:18 pm

    Apparently the other players who were sitting close to him on the bench have said to the investigators that they did not hear Tevez say he would not play. Not a good sign for the club as they investigate the incident. Unless there is collaboration from others, preferably players, Tevez will have the upper hand and continue to get paid. He will also be able to leave in January for a cut-throat price.

  5. Thomas

    September 30, 2011 at 9:37 pm

    What a disgrace. He knew what he was getting himself into, as he had spent 2 seasons at Utd already. If Manchester was such a horrid place, he should have never signed for City.

    He’s been in England for 5 years, and hasn’t bothered to learn the language.

    Any club that takes him on would be foolish, knowing full well his behaviour at City and United.

    Then again, a player of his talent and abilities will surely be given chance after chance.

    Shame, purely from an on the pitch perspective, it’s hard to dislike him.

    • trickybrkn

      October 1, 2011 at 12:29 am

      Not sure you even know how you feel about this…. as for the language ‘thing’. Not sure you follow baseball or not… But Hideki Matsui now of the A’s before that Yankees. Speaks English. Yet uses a translator. Some say to not deal with the media…. And Tevez does understand some English. But that is really besides the point as I know he was getting English lessons as far back as his West Ham days. And Italian and Spanish are close enough that most can understand each other… So the manager to player barrier is gone..

      so lets let this HE NEVER LEARNED ENGLISH thing die. This is international football, NOT the tea party debate.

  6. trickybrkn

    September 30, 2011 at 9:21 pm

    a loan at West Ham, then off to Italy come next window.

  7. Alex

    September 30, 2011 at 9:09 pm

    Pick him up you IRONS!

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