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Manchester City no overnight success, says Tevez

Carlos Tevez has made a plea for patience as Manchester City look to muscle their way into the Premier League's elite.

The Argentina star had only been at Eastlands for five months when Mark Hughes got the sack and Tevez's own sparky relationship with Roberto Mancini has contributed to claims that the Italian could be ousted as well.

It just emphasises the demands being placed upon City and the expectancy that has come with an unprecedented influx of cash from their mega-wealthy new owners.

Tevez does not believe the normal rules of football, of teams being built from a strong platform, can just be thrown away because of the players Sheikh Mansour can buy and he has urged everyone to give his team-mates time to get it right.

“Three years ago Manchester City were a team who used to finish in the bottom half of the table,” Tevez said.

“Nowadays we are battling to be in the top four and trying hard to become one of the great teams.

“That shows we have grown tremendously in just a couple of years, but people need to remain very patient. You don't build a great club overnight.

“Each new player or new manager needs to go through a settling-in period. There are lots of factors involved so you need to keep fighting, just like we have been doing, in order to win a title.

“That could then turn into many more trophies.”

Despite the stirring words from a man who has already contributed 10 goals to the City cause this season, it is hard to escape the conclusion that the off-field problems must end before Mancini's side can fulfil their potential.

Tevez's touchline row with his manager at the weekend did not paint a picture of unity and neither did the training ground punch-up between Mario Balotelli and Jerome Boateng 24 hours earlier.

And at the start of the season Tevez felt he needed to seek out Kolo Toure for a chat after being surprised to discover he had inherited the captain's armband from the Ivorian without any prior knowledge.

“I went to speak with Kolo to tell him that I was as surprised as anyone at Roberto's decision and that he could always count on my support,” said Tevez.

“Then it was just what you’d expect two guys to talk about when speaking face-to-face to make sure everything was resolved.”

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