Alan Pardew has talked quite a bit about the Carlos Tevez affair over the last couple of days.
Carlos Tevez – refused to play for Manchester City?
The Argentine presumably refused to go on as a substitute in Munich earlier this week, when Manchester City were beaten 2-0 by the former European Champions, Bayern Munich.
And Alan has more credibility than most to talk about Tevez, because he managed both Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano, when they arrived from Argentina to West Ham in the summer of 2006.
Pardew said he didn’t in the least condone what Tevez did, but the Newcastle manager had these rather interesting comments to make about the player:
“He is absolutely a footballer I would be happy to manage, he is a top, top player,” “Those situations happen more often than the media realize. I can think of a manager in another division who has had a bit of that going on this year. It happens.”
“When it happens in the full glare of the media spotlight, it becomes amplified. We are only a reflection of society and there is a lack of respect everywhere. Whether it is to teachers or doctors, police officers, we are no different.
“Unfortunately we have to manage it and get the best situation out of it we can. At the moment, that is a process Man City and Tevez will go through, but he is still – when he wants to play and is ready – one of the best players in the world.”
“We can all look back and find players who have done it in the past, people who have not done the warm-up or all of a sudden not been fit for games, things like that. There is no point burying your head in the sand.”
“We do not want to see it and I certainly don’t condone it. I am not sitting here saying that because Tevez is a great player he is allowed to get away with it. Let’s make that crystal clear, 100%. I am not saying he is Mr Perfect, because he isn’t.”
“He’s a maverick player and most Premier League clubs carry one or two of those,” “They can have their moments and sometimes it’s about managing those moments. What Carlos did in midweek cannot be condoned, but it does happen – he isn’t the first and won’t be the last.”
“Sometimes they’re sulking and they ain’t playing.” “All these situations are about circumstances and timing and Carlos just got that completely wrong. Now it’s a conflict.”
“It’s the end game – that’s important. And if Carlos goes in the next window that will be the end game. But who knows?” “Tevez is a great player and a good personality, but he’s let himself down.”
“In a way it is a good thing it has been highlighted, it should be highlighted,” “It should not happen. It is not right.” “I can recall a player saying to me, ‘I am not playing for you,’ and then the next day he did play for me and all was forgiven.”
“But what happened with Man City is it was in public straight after the game. Mancini was lumped with the question and what is he going to say? He could only say one thing.”
And of course what Roberto Mancini did say was that Tevez would never again play for Manchester City.
But this affair shows once again that too many footballers in the modern game behave like little kids, with apologies to all the little kids reading this.
It happens in America where good sportsmen are mollycoddled from childhood because they are so good at sports, and they never manage to mature or fully develop, and some of them remain like little children.
But we hasten to add there are some very mature men playing football at the very highest level these days, and the good news is that we have a lot of them playing for the Tyneside club right now.
One thing that put us off Tevez last season was that he kept moaning about being homesick, and wanting to go back home to Argentina and wanting to leave Manchester City.
The criticism is not that he felt that way, which is understandable, but for a man earning around – heaven knows what – £200K/week? – he would have been well advised to have handled the situation behind closed doors, as more mature people do with the problems they have.
But doesn’t it seem from Alan Pardew’s comments above that he would just love to sign Carlos Tevez for Newcastle, and to think Tevez would only cost around £35M and say £200K/week wages.
Do you think Alan has been to see Mike Ashley to ask for the money to sign Tevez?
We don’t think so either.
Where’s Freddy Shepherd these days?