Carlos Tevez to lose armband, but Manchester City have good Kompany
Roberto Mancini is considering removing the Manchester City captaincy from Carlos Tevez, temporarily at least, as the player may not be in the right mental state to lead the side against Everton on Monday.
Tevez met Mancini yesterday for the first time since news of his transfer demand became public, though it was unclear late last night how that conversation went. Tevez's personal manager Kia Joorabchian is awaiting the outcome before making contact with the City chief executive Garry Cook. There has been no contact between the two this week.
If Tevez is relieved of the captaincy while his future with City is worked out — a move which could make the process of persuading him to stay even more delicate —Vincent Kompany may take on the role for the visit of Everton.
The Belgian was many observers' choice for the captaincy in any case, before Tevez was unexpectedly declared as skipper at Tottenham on the first Saturday of the season. Mancini, who has declared that Tevez will face Everton, has always insisted that the captaincy was bestowed upon Tevez to aid his personal development, rather than to keep him happy.
City's football administrator Brian Marwood said he is confident Tevez will stay. “The statement put out earlier in the week, we've not wavered from that. Carlos has three-and-a-half years on his contract, we've rejected his transfer request and he's come into training and been extremely professional. He's conducted himself very well, we're very pleased with his attitude and application.”
Micah Richards, captain for City's draw in Juventus which has propelled them to Europa League first knock-out round against Greek side Aris Thessaloniki, said Tevez was City's ‘special one’ and integral to the club's season.
“He's a big part of our team,” said Richards. “If you ask anyone, they will tell you that. I think they will get it sorted out and the sooner, the better.
“He's got his opinions and stuff, but I'm sure we can keep him until the end of the season.
“We need him in our team if we are to achieve what we want to achieve. He's our main man, Carlo is our special one.”
Meanwhile, the Old Trafford Manchester derby on Sunday February 12 is likely to move to Saturday February 12, with City scheduled to play in Thessaloniki on Tuesday 15.