Eastlands boss looks for new leader.
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Roberto Mancini is set to strip Carlos Tevez of the Manchester City captaincy, BBC Sport understands.
The two met on Friday afternoon at the club’s Carrington training ground to discuss the striker’s transfer request.
City play Everton on Monday with Mancini considering handing the armband to Kolo Toure or Vincent Kompany.
The manager is yet to inform the club of his decision, but senior officials believe he is most likely to reinstate Toure as skipper.
The defender was made captain under Mark Hughes but replaced by Tevez in the summer in a bid to make the Argentine stay at Eastlands.
On Sunday morning, Toure was still unaware of whether he would be captain against Everton, but Mancini is believed to regard him as the best option until Tevez’s future is resolved.
City rejected a written transfer request from Tevez last week and have made it clear they will not sell him in January, with Eastlands football administrator Brian Marwood declaring on Friday he expects the striker to honour his contract, which runs until July 2014.(BBC Sport)
This is not that surprising but will hardly convince Tevez to stay and perhaps appears to suggest that Man City is planning ahead and perhaps that they realise they have something of a battle on to keep the unhappy Argentine at the club.
In Kolo Toure and Vincent Kompany City have two players who are more than capable of leading their team and perhaps were more sensible selections for the job that maybe prove that given someone the captains armband just to appease them is not necessary a good idea. Ajax did likewise with Luis Suarez in the summer and he now looks set to leave his club and is serving a seven game ban for biting an opponent!
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