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Why Manchester City Is Treading On Thin Ice With Carlos Tevez

On Tuesday, Carlos Tevez issued an apology to Manchester City Football Club. Despite this apparent show of remorse, Roberto Mancini should refrain from using the Argentinean striker regularly. Even though City are currently in need of a few more goals, it would be unfair to sit the players who have helped City reach the top spot in the Premier League in favor of Carlos Tevez.

The apology may have been released in the worst form possible- a written statement published on the club’s website. “I wish to apologize sincerely and unreservedly to everybody I have let down and to whom my actions over the last few months have caused offence. My wish is to concentrate on playing football for Manchester City Football Club.”

Only days after Tevez said the club treated him “like a dog,” everything now appears on the surface to be solved. Tevez also decided to drop his appeal of Manchester City’s gross misconduct charge. Taking into account recent events, perhaps the best way to bring an end to this drama would be a televised handshake between Mancini and Tevez.

Upon further inspection, the apology seems far from sincere and very forced. Tevez must have realized that the only way out of his current situation was to reconcile with Mancini and the club. He had to have grown tired of sitting in Argentina while the looming questions regarding his future circulated in the British tabloids and around the globe.

But if Mancini were to reintegrate Tevez into the squad, he would risk undermining his own authority. Remember that the City manager said that Tevez would never play for the club again. Mancini has developed the reputation of being a ruthless general, but the other Manchester City players may believe that his toughness is only talk if he lets Tevez back into the fold.

The return of Tevez could also impact the rest of the team in a very serious way. Imagine what Sergio Aquero, Mario Balotelli and Edin Dzeko would think if the manager hands Tevez significant playing time. Here is a man, Tevez, who has been relaxing on the beach, sipping margaritas for three months while the other forwards were sweating on behalf of Manchester City Football Club. And they have been doing a good job, as evidenced by City’s position at the top of the Premier League.

Not only would Tevez’s comeback disturb the other players, it would also destroy any values the club claims to hold. Manchester City and Roberto Mancini need to show that Tevez’s antics will not be tolerated. By enforcing such a policy, other individuals who become disenchanted with the manager may be frightened at the prospect of being forbidden to ever again wear the kit of Manchester City.

Even if Tevez performs well and improves the team, there is always the chance that he will suffer another breakdown, which could derail City’s title aspirations. Carlos can only do so much harm when he is across the pond in Argentina, but in the dressing room, his virus could spread quickly to other members of the squad. If another dispute arises between Tevez and club management, players may start taking sides and the situation could get ugly quickly. Just the thought of another mutiny should persuade Mancini to keep away from the toxic striker.

While Tevez should not be permitted to take any part in the all-important league games, the Europa League may provide an opportunity for Manchester City to use Tevez. By putting him in the shop window, City can hope to catch the wandering eye of AC Milan, Inter, or any other club interested in Tevez. Manchester City’s main focus appears to be winning the league, so the Europa League could prove to be vital if it helps accomplish the goal of eventually selling Tevez.

Ultimately, Roberto Mancini has a very important decision to make in the near future. The return of Tevez could upset the squad, but maybe the manager believes that the Argentinian can propel Manchester City to their first top flight league title since 1968. However, by weighing the potential pros and cons of each outcome, it becomes clear that the costs of bringing Tevez back to the Etihad Stadium outweigh the benefits.

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  1. Mark

    February 22, 2012 at 9:56 pm

    Man Sh*tty are desperate dogs and will accept him no matter what.

  2. scrumper

    February 22, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    I think this has all come down to contracts. Man City cannot “fire” Tevez unless he’s in breach of his contract. Refusing to play is obviousl a breach, however, as it now appears nobody can corroborate Mancini’s accusation that Tevez refused to play. Likewise no other club has come fwd with the money to take Tevez off of City’s hands. So he’s been suspended and without City’s allegations proving he’s been in breach of his contract Tevez has an argument for reinstatement and backpay.

    The apology appears to be a legal face saver for all concerned regardless of the effect on Mancini’s authority and the team.

    • Why?

      February 22, 2012 at 5:32 pm

      He was suspended for two weeks and fined the wages for that period after the Munich incident. the Premier league dropped it from 6 weeks to 2. The club found him guilty of:

      ‘1. An obligation to participate in any matches in which the player is selected to play for the club when directed by a Club official.’

      That’s basically refusing to play, so he was found guilty by the clubs disciplinary panel but because he is told to warm up as anyone is before playing he then chooses to use this to say basically I only refused to warm up. Which in a way he did but if he refuses to warm up he cannot go onto the pitch.

      He went to Argentina with out permission so was basically on strike and when you are on strike you don’t get paid. So he has absolutely no chance of getting any ‘back pay’ as this is mostly when he loses his money.

  3. Jean

    February 22, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    Tevez should be more like Heskey. Just STFU and play ball. If you don’t want to play for ManC, move somewhere else

  4. jtm371

    February 22, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    here in black and white terms tevez called Mancini a liar.if you have any honor you tell this clown to pound sand.very convenient the apology comes after the transfer window i said this clown has done this act at every team he has been on.

  5. raok

    February 22, 2012 at 11:37 am

    Mancini is no saint, first he rejected tevez’s transfer request and then he benched him continuosly. I’m not defending his actions but its time to move on. do you think that dzeko and balotell are better than him? city need him. And also city’s treatment of players isn’t exactly what you call professional, a look at adebayor, bridge, Bellamy, kolo tells you all.

    • Why?

      February 22, 2012 at 4:55 pm

      raok you seem to be confused, Mancini doesn’t need to be one bit like a ‘saint’ he needs to win and run a tight ship and this he is doing.

      Mancini never rejected anybody’s transfer request in fact he always says if a player doesn’t wish to be there they can leave. He says this regularly. Tevez again threw his toys out of the pram but when he realised he wasn‘t the big fish anymore and he couldn‘t get his own way by doing that. he then withdrew his request. Mancini put him on the bench after he returned from Argentina after the Copa America late and over a stone heaver than when he left, his reason for this was he was depressed about the way the team went out so he decided to get stuck into KFC and Pizza Hut. By the time fatso had nearly lost his weight all of City‘s other strikers were scoring for fun so why would he be anywhere but the bench? Dzkeo has had a not even a quarter of the playing time that Tevez had last year and has 17 already (without taking the 6-8 penalties Tevez did). Balotelli’s played even less but has 13 at the age of 21 neither are a millionth of the trouble to the club that Tevez has been so yes they are both better in a lot of ways. City need Tevez for what? They are doing fine without him City strikers as a whole are unequalled in the premier league by any others. If you want to say they are not scoring three a game any more then fine nobody does 15 goals in 7 games is pretty good!

      What is this unprofessional treatment of players you are on about? Adebayour or Belamy although good strikers are nowhere near as good as any of City’s other strikers and both caused trouble from the minute Mancini took over. They were Hughes‘s buys and made that very clear to a manager who won‘t take crxp and rightly so there was only going to be one winner there. Bridge is poor even though he had offers elsewhere but refuses to move on because he would have to take a drop in wages. Kolo??? They stood by him after he failed a drug test when they were in their right to get rid and sue if they wanted to but for some reason you think he was treated badly, how, why? What is unprofessional about Kolo’s treatment? Why not say this about Arsenal players that have lost their place to a better form player? He has had a go but City have been better with Lescott that’s life if Lescott doesn’t play well then Kolo’s back in, You shouldn’t talk about things you don’t know any facts about, it kinda makes you look like you have a axe to grind.

  6. brn442

    February 22, 2012 at 11:34 am

    I agree to a point but first off – I don’t get the impression that the other City players resent Tevez – they are all mercenaries – there is no player there that’s city through and through. I think Mancini will and must use Tevez if he needs to, and the club will want to put him in the shop window to sell him on in the summer.

    • Matt

      February 22, 2012 at 4:47 pm

      I’d say Hart and Kompany are. Other than that, they feel like Chelsea when Roman was buying absolutely everyone under the sun.

      • davvydo

        February 23, 2012 at 1:38 am

        What about Micah Richards?. A true blue if ever there was one

  7. jtm371

    February 22, 2012 at 11:26 am

    after what Mancini said and then tevez says Mancini treated him like a dog.give me a freaking break if this was the first time he acted like this fine,but this is his M.O.goals are getting harder to come by and Mancini is feeling the heat of the tittle i think he will cave and when he does i hope they lose the tittle on the last day and the team i cheer for is not even in the some point somebody is going to have to grow a pair and return the integrity of the game.this clown QUIT on his team what more do you need.tevez and kia can go to hell and leave the EPL that would be a great day,just remember city fans be careful of the deal you make with the devil/tevez.

  8. Jason

    February 22, 2012 at 10:24 am

    City should resist the temptation to use Tevez. As talented as he is it’s time a club like City stood up to his antics. I’d send him down to the reserves for the rest of the season.

  9. Taylor

    February 22, 2012 at 9:59 am

    Simple: Mancini needs him.

  10. Guy

    February 22, 2012 at 8:47 am

    Couldn’t agree with you more. I think the return of YaYa Toure is far more important to City than anything Tevez might add. Why would anyone think Carlos has reformed? Oh, that’s right. That heartfelt apology.

    If I were Mancini it would be a cold day in Hell………

  11. bayou

    February 22, 2012 at 8:32 am

    Let’s be realistic. They will accept him back because he’s talented. And he will play two, maybe three months without incident and then he’ll start his b.s. again in the off-season. He’s a cancerous influence for every team he’s been with. Yes, he’s incredibly talented, but is that talent worth the headache? So far it has been with Balotelli, but Tevez is a viper. He will turn and strike out at his club without warning.

    Plus, he should not be rewarded for literally walking away from the club and taking an extended vacation mid-season. City has done just fine without him.

    But as a Liverpool fan, I’m just glad the eye of Sauron might be fixing on another club.

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