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The Curious Case of Carlos Tevez

So the Carlos Tevez affair continues to rumble along nicely. Despite angling fiercely for a move away from his current club, such a development has not been forthcoming. Instead, and perhaps rather surprisingly, the past few weeks have seen a return to Manchester City for the wayward Argentinian striker. Manchester City have been relying on set pieces and luck over past weeks, for grabbing goals, winning by relatively small margins and perhaps Mancini’s reversal is, at least partly, a result of that. But first, a quick recap.

August 2006 – Sky Sports reports that Tevez is refusing to play for his club, Corinthians. At the end of August, it is confirmed that both he and Javier Mascherano have been signed for English club West Ham United. In November, he leaves the ground early after being substituted. Shortly after, he throws a tantrum during a league match with Sheffield United. He helps West Ham avoid relegation, scoring the only goal in the last game against Manchester United. Despite being under contract until 2010, Tevez seals a £20 million move to the Manchester club.

2007-2009 – Tevez becomes an important player for the Red Devils, scoring in each of their campaigns, including the first goal during the Champions League Final penalty shoot-out. In May 2009, Tevez voices his dissatisfaction at having not been offered a permanent contract, saying his Manchester career will finish that summer. Despite United agreeing to meet the fee of over £25 million, and a five-year contract which would have made him one of United’s highest paid players, his advisors inform Manchester United that he no longer wishes to play for the club.

July 2009 – Reports rule out a move to Liverpool for the wantaway striker, because of the implications for a Manchester United player moving to their bitter rivals. Despite this, Tevez signs a five-year contract with close rivals, Manchester City, becoming the first player to move between the two clubs since Terry Cooke in 1999. Once again, he becomes an important club player, breaking his own goal scoring records and receiving two club awards.

December 2010 – Four months after being made club captain, he hands in a transfer request, citing both family reasons and a breakdown in relations with certain club officials. A senior City official described his reasons as ‘ludicrous and nonsensical.’ Tevez swiftly withdraws the request following talks, this time reaffirming ‘absolute commitment to the club.’

September 2011 – Tevez refuses to come off the bench in a Champions League game against Bayern Munich. Tevez offers a weak excuse, calling it a misunderstanding while receiving widespread condemnation from commentators and pundits worldwide. Mancini suspends the player for two weeks while an investigation is carried out. Following discussions with the clubs owner, Sheikh Mansour, Tevez is placed on gardening leave, instructed to stay away from the training ground, despite retaining his salary.

Fast forward to February 2012, and the end of a month-long transfer saga amid reports claiming meetings between AC Milan and Joorabchian, seeking a loan move for Tevez during the January transfer window, with the possibility of a full-time deal, interest from French side, Paris St. Germain, and Inter Milan, followed this month by a return to the City fold. The question here is, why do Manchester City want to retake on the burden of such a player?

With Tevez, many things are clear. Firstly, there are concerns over Kia Joorabchian and Media Sports Investments, who, it would appear, have an agenda of a monetary nature and may be pulling a greay many strings behind the scenes. Joorabchian is not a licenced agent and describes himself as an advisor. Joorabchian and the funds he has variously been involved with have third-party player ownership at the heart of their business. This self-branded investment manager has left a trail of destruction as he went. Investment in South American team Corinthians involved high-profile transfers, investment and a League title then a  police investigation, frozen bank accounts and relegation only two years after their triumph. West Ham too have felt the sting of getting involved with Joorabchian and his enterprises – the transfers of Tevez and Javier Mascherano saw them eventually fined over £5 million, with a further £15 million in damages to Sheffield United. The issue with third-party ownership is the influence held over the player. While it has been outlawed in the Premier League and Ligue 1, it continues to be practiced elsewhere in Europe. Joorabchian himself has noted the possibility for player influence, the potential for bad behaviour. Secondly, Carlos Tevez is a person and player to whom loyalty is evidently a concept unknown. Tevez may kiss the club badge on his shirt, and proclaim the fans to be the best in the world, but when he gets sick of his club, no contract, fans or certainly any semblance of loyalty will hold him back from getting away. His behaviour at Corinthians and Manchester City has clearly shown this attitude. Thirdly, Tevez has a blatant disregard for rules. This has never been as clear as during his time playing for City. There is no need to go into the happenings pitch side during the game against Bayern Munich. Not to mention his repeated insistence on flying home to Argentina against his manager and his employers wishes.

So think to yourselves, any clubs who might seek to take on this troubled player. Is this player really worth the hassle, not to mention the €8 million loan cost and a further €18 million if you choose to buy him? Sure, he might score you some goals, and help you advance towards being, in AC Milan’s case for example, genuine contenders for Champions League glory. But ask yourselves this – how can you be certain he’ll be there at the end of the summer? Sure, he may sign a contract, but Carlos has wiggled his way out of more contracts than you’ve won Champions Leagues. And for City, who are seemingly welcoming him back…how can they trust a player who refused to play for them? You can’t really blame Mancini for recalling the wandering striker back into the fold. After all, he does have true talent, and any team he would play against would have a genuine reason to worry. But if he spends any time on the bench in the next few months, will he pout and moan or simply refuse to play once again? If the Argentinian makes it through the rest of this season without courting further controversy then it will surely be some form of miracle.

A rap on the knuckles for Mr. Tevez is not enough. If there was any justice in the world, Tevez would be stripped of any salary, and banned from playing football, for a minimum of five years. Perhaps then he would gain a sense of perspective. Highly unlikely, but worth a shot. Failing that, Manchester City should refuse to either loan or sell him off. Instead, they should play him the required 10% of matches, so he cannot break his contract under the Bosman ruling. Then, he should be left to rot until his contract expires in 2014.

It is getting to the stage, however, where the football world is sick to death of hearing about the ungrateful and undeserving footballer. If FIFA won’t step in, then we are begging you Tevez. Please go away. And don’t come back.

Top 5 League of Ireland Players To Watch

With the new season just hours away, Irish News Review Editor Glenn Dowd takes a look at 5 players who are set to make a big impression on the League of Ireland this season. 

1. Ian Daly (St Patricks Athletic)

 Pete Mahon has snapped up former Irish under 21 international Ian Daly ahead of the new season. Daly is a seasoned campaigner who has enjoyed spells with Man City, Aris Salonika and Cadiz of Spain. 

He will be looking to get his career back on track and after a couple of games you can expect Daly to start banging in the goals for the Saints.

 2. Daniel Kearns (Dundalk)

 Kearns joined Dundalk last season having been released by West Ham United. His performances towards the end of the season caught the eye of many but Ian Foster was able to hold onto him. The talented winger will be a big star this year for the Lilywhites and the onus will be on him to provide the goods for Jason Byrne and Mark Quigley . He has already bagged a hat trick in the Setanta Cup as Dundalk put Linfield to the sword.

 3. Patrick McEleney (Derry City)

 18 year old Derry City Star McEleney will be looking to follow in the footsteps of former Candystripe star Paddy McCourt. McEleney fired home 14 goals last term as Stephen Kenny`s side stormed to the First Division title. He will be eager to mix it up with the finest the Premier Division has to offer.

 4. Karl Moore (Galway United)

 Moore showed glimpses of his talent last season while playing for UCD, but it was in the pre season Fif Pro tournament in Norway that he really stood out.  His performances attracted the interest of teams from across Scandinavia aswel as in England. However the Dubliner has opted to relocate to Galway where he will play a crucial role in keeping the club up.

 5. Aaron Greene (Sligo Rovers)

 Bohemians may well rue the departure of promising talent Aaron Greene to Sligo Rovers . Greene was one of the final players that the Gypsies held onto as they were hoping to sell him on to Darren Ferguson, a long term admirer and current manager of Peterborough United. 

Greene was often frustrated during his time at Bohs, with limited opportunities coming his way. Now however he will spearhead the Bit O`Red`s attack along with the returning Raffaele Cretaro.