I am a big fan of Carlos Tevez and I was disappointed
to see him go to Manchester
If he'd gone to a
club of equal or bigger stature to Manchester United, it would have been
understandable, particularly in light of United's
reluctance to offer him a permanent contract.
He had the opportunity to sign for Liverpool, Chelsea, Inter Milan or
even Real Madrid, and he would have been competing for silverware straight away
at those clubs.
But when he says he is going to City to win things, it just
doesn't add up. However ambitious
the club's owners, it is fanciful to
suggest they could compete for the Premier League this season.
Sir Alex Ferguson's
suspicions that a deal was done with City in the winter will increase the
feeling among United fans that they have been let down by somebody they adored.
They gave Tevez an incredible amount of support, and insisted that the club made an effort to keep him.
But he turned United down to go to their near neighbours,
and you can only conclude that money was his motivation.
Throw in the possibility that he knew as early as January
that he was off to City, and he may get a hot reception when he returns to Old
Of course Tevez's agent Kia Joorbachian, who basically owned
him, had an interest in him taking the most lucrative deal - but in the end
it is the player that signs the contract and neither of them would have gone hungry had he taken any of the other offers.
The best City can hope for this season is a top-four finish,
but it will all depend on how quickly the new arrivals settle.
Mark Hughes has a huge squad and there is bound to be a
certain amount of bad feeling from the players who have stuck with them through
the tough times.
Stalwarts like Richard Dunne and Stephen Ireland are not
going to feel too good if they end up on the fringes, and Hughes has a real job
on his hands keeping a united squad, particularly with the big influx of egos.
He has about eight strikers, and at any one time six of them
are going to be angry at not being in the team.
The team has to gel quickly. After all, Chelsea spent many millions of Mr Abramovich's money on players, but owed their success to
discipline and organisation.
It doesn't matter
how many superstars you sign, that is the cornerstone of any successful side.
Sparky has a tough job and he knows it. He starts the season
with an axe hanging over his head. The reality of modern football is that, if
you spend other people's money, you
need to produce instant results whatever the difficulty.
I think the first 10 games could make or break their season,
so a fast start is imperative.