Gary Owen: Stop moaning Carlos
| Submit Comments| Comments (93)| Printable Version1/1Play SlideshowClose MapThe days when the tail wagged the dog are long since gone, and Carlos Tevez and his advisers had better realise that quickly. Players these days have got it into their head that they can do pretty much what they want, and the way things have gone in recent years, they have a fair point. But at the end of the day, they are employees, albeit very handsomely rewarded employees, and the contract they signed is not a flimsy piece of paper to be adhered to when it suits, and ripped up when it doesn?t. I don?t know what the reasons are behind Carlos wanting to leave, quite simply because the message keeps changing. At first he said it was because he is homesick, and that is something anyone with a heart can have some sympathy with, as he has two young daughters growing up 7,000 miles away. But within a day, the reason had become that his relationship with some City suits, presumably chief executive Garry Cook and football administrator Brian Marwood, had broken down. That puzzled me completely, because in my experience the only time, as a player, you come into contact with people like that is when you sit down to talk about money and contracts. That would appear to indicate the problem is about money, because any personal issues he has with executives of the club should be thrashed out by sitting round a table. The man Carlos answers to on a daily basis is Roberto Mancini, and he says that while he has professional differences with Roberto, there is no personal problem. It didn?t look that way from the look on his face, and his body language, when subbed against Bolton, but if Carlos says there is no difficulty between them, fair enough. From all that, it would appear that the difference of opinion is over cold, hard cash. We know that his advisers have, on more than one occasion, tried to pressure City into renegotiating a contract which still has three-and-a-half years to run. City have made the point that they don?t renegotiate deals until the end of the season ? it?s a club policy, and they are quite right in sticking to their guns and refusing to break it for any individual. Carlos is already one of the highest-paid players in the world, and he shouldn?t lose sight of the fact that he is just one member of a very good team. His goals and his leadership have been the catalyst for City over the last two seasons, but to treat him as a special case would, quite frankly, be an insult to Joe Hart, Vincent Kompany, Gareth Barry, Nigel de Jong and the others who have all made big contributions. A few years ago City would have been utterly dependent on a player like Carlos, but no more. Votes He was made skipper this season, but for me that armband could have gone to any number of players. I?m sure that if you conducted a poll among City fans right now, Vincent Kompany would get most votes as the next captain. His face when West Ham scored a consolation goal in added time on Saturday was priceless ? you would have thought we had just lost the Champions League final. That is the kind of commitment, and the kind of player we want to keep at City, and sign in the future. Having said that, I will be very surprised if Carlos does not remain with us until the end of the season at least. Players of his stature don?t often move in the winter transfer window. And even with a cloud hanging over him, you can?t imagine someone like him giving any less than 100 per cent once he crosses the white line, especially if he is eyeing up a move to Real Madrid or Barcelona. As captain, he has a responsibility to lead the team off the field as well as on it, and the way he has handled this situation is not a very good example to set. He has threatened to simply walk away if his transfer request is not granted, but that would be a very hard thing to do. There will be clauses in his contract, which is a legally binding document, saying he has to turn up for training, stick to club rules and make himself available to play when required. Nothing shocks me in football any more, so I won?t say that he won?t do it, but if he did walk away from that, he will be in the wilderness, without any income ? and even possibly open to legal action by City for breach of contract.It?s a sorry situation, especially as City fans should have been basking in another totally professional performance and a share of top spot. But this club is now big enough and strong enough to move on from here, with or without Tevez. There will be a few managers around Europe having sleepless nights on hearing this news, because they know that if the situation cannot be resolved, City will be moving back into the transfer market in a big way.
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