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Alex Ferguson backs rival boss as Manchester City let Carlos Tevez off the hook

Sir Alex Ferguson yesterday launched a staunch defence of Roberto Mancini's handling of the Carlos Tevez affair, declaring that managing players who are dominated by their agents was making the manager's role a difficult and complex one.

After preparations for yesterday's Tevez disciplinary panel hearing with Manchester City were damaged by the leak of evidence casting the player in a positive light, Ferguson said that the manager who he will encounter in tomorrow’s Old Trafford Manchester derby had received inadequate praise.

A City investigation has failed to prove Mancini’s claim that Tevez refused to come on as a substitute against Bayern Munich.

Instead the Argentinian faced a reduced charge of refusing to warm up. The 27-year-old also faced a number of other charges and City are expected to make an announcement early next week.

Ferguson, who endured a difficult relationship both with Tevez and his adviser Kia Joorabchian before concluding that keeping the striker was not worth the trouble, said: “Management today is a complex situation in terms of the type of players we deal with.

“A lot of players today are dominated by their agent. You get agents who buy their groceries, do their travel, polish their boots. That is the kind of human being you are having to deal with these days with some agents.

“Some other agents are quite responsible and allow the players to have their own responsibilities and do things themselves like buy their house, buy their car and do their banking. But others dominate their lives.

“That situation for a manager is not easy. Any manager coming into the game today, it is not an easy job nowadays.”

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