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Rooney Part 2

So Tevez is staying too...

Posted Dec 23, 2010 by Shaun Edwards

Tevez is going nowhere

Hmm, so the controversy has ended, the ‘irretrivable differences’ have been nicely patched up, and Carlos Tevez is staying at Manchester City. Really? No-one’s going to voice what they’re thinking? What sort of mickey mouse operation is being run over at Eastlands?

For starters, does anyone really believe that it’s a co-incidence that this massive ruse by Mr Tevez’s agent takes place a mere month or two after Wayne Rooney pulled a virtually identical stunt at Manchester United, essentially holding himself ransom in order to command that Sir Alex not only matched the Striker’s ambition, but also increased his paycheck by around £200,000 a week more than is necessary.

Mr Joorabchian has clearly seen an opportunity and taken it, no doubt earning himself a massive cut of whatever absurd amount of money he has talked City into paying Tevez. What does it say about City’s management? Well, just like United with Rooney, City are not prepared to lose their start striker and will do whatever is necessary to keep him. Whilst Rooney can be an undoubted burdern though, you can almost understand City, seeing as how they are about 40% of the team without Tevez, and would swiftly find themselves mid-table without him. However, it has become apparent that Tevez has not been happy with City’s lack of effectiveness this season, and will not settle for fifth place again.

Does this mean that Roberto Mancini may come under pressure? You get the sense that the Abu Dhabi owners of City are not beyond removing anyone that they deem isn’t effective, and that they may choose Tevez’s obvious impact above the questionable abilities of their Italian manager. That is where the similarities end between United and City: Sir Alex has a proven record of success without Rooney. Mancini without Tevez, however, only looks like half the manager.

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