After showcasing hypocrisy, greed and bemoaning Manchester's 'two restaurants' at Manchester City, Carlos Tevez applied the coup de grace with his Bavarian strop. Maybe he refused to leave the bench because he'd be nearer his children...
What a tumultuous year it has been for Carlos Tevez. Despite leading Manchester City to FA Cup glory and Champions League qualification with a bottomless pit of skill, enthusiasm and goals, his relationship with the club had been on a slippery slope for some time. The fans had forgiven Tevez for handing in a transfer request at the end of 2010 and they were even philosophical about his complaints about Manchester’s cultural and culinary limitations. However his petulance in Munich would be unforgivable. Slapped with a huge fine, training with the reserves and seemingly with no club interested in coughing up the £50 million price tag, Tevez has gone from idol to idle in no time at all.
Perhaps Tevez's "refusal to warm up" gave Roberto Mancini the perfect excuse to leave him out in the cold, and with Sheikh Mansour's backing too; Tevez now finds himself without support from players, fans or the media. Even his fellow Argentines at the club in Zabaleta and Aguero are keeping their heads down. Only Kia Joorabchian, resident devil on his shoulder, and former manager Mark Hughes (a client of Joorabchian) have spoken out in his favour.
City and United fans were invited to throw their old Tevez shirts into a skip.
The wholly disappointing aspect of Tevez's decline is the stark obviousness that, whether his refusal in Munich was to warm up or to play, he didn't come on as a sub when asked to do so. If he had been willing to play, he would have played. It's simple. We don't need lip readers or inquiries to come to this conclusion. Tevez is hanging from an increasingly thin thread of an excuse, a beaten man waiting for another team to rescue him. With the exception of Limavady United of the Irish League, there have been no offers.
What is a certainty is that Man City don't need Tevez anymore. How he must have felt watching the Blues tear United apart at Old Trafford, knowing he should have been there, sharing in their joy. Instead both City and United fans were invited to throw their old Tevez shirts into a skip outside the stadium for charity. A suitable metaphor for his career and reputation in 2011.
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