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No matter how unhappy you are, never do the following

Manchester City striker and captain Carlos Tevez recently lashed out in a verbal confrontation with manager Roberto Mancini while being substituted in a game versus Bolton Wanderers. Within days of this event, he handed in his transfer request only to have it turned down by the club. This event was the culmination of a series of events surrounding the life of Carlos Tevez.

Watch video of Tevez angrily and publicly share his displeasure with manager Roberto Mancini.

Tevez is regularly in the news for non-football related topics.  He has stated that he has lost his joy for the game; that players have become too obsessed with the money aspect of the game and it is reported that he misses his two daughters who live back in Argentina.

It is clear that when players have their personal lives in order they are then able to fully concentrate on the pitch.

What can we learn from this? First of all despite how unhappy you are with your coach and no matter how wrong he may be, never lash out in public at him/her. This is unprofessional. Always deal with issues behind the scenes by speaking with the coach face to face. What Tevez did was a selfish act that did not help his team. Now, this event among others surrounding Tevez ultimately cloud the atmosphere at Man City.

Carlos Tevez is only 26 years old and will likely be joining his third team in as many years. This reminds me of Nikolas Anelka being shipped from one team to another for almost a decade.

Let’s put things into perspective seeing as when players start making a lot of money they lose perspective. I would rather see loyalty, commitment and professionalism from players. Each professional in the EPL, including players who are hardly in the news are well paid. They are fortunate enough to play a kids game and make a living doing it. They are idolized by kids all over the world and have a fan base simply for representing their club. In addition, the career of a footballer is short. It takes time to establish yourself within a club/team then you want to have a run of good years where you’re playing regularly, show casing your talents and hopefully fighting for silverwear and then before you know it you’re at your peak years and then quickly considered ‘old’ and eventually surplus to requirements.

Whether you’re a professional, semi-pro or amateur, enjoy the moment. Don’t embarrass yourself, the club and those around you by being selfish with non-sense demands. Instead, do what you were brought there to do in the first place which was to play the game and help your team win. If things are really that bad then you can always find a new team. Just don’t make a scene the way Tevez did.

By Philip MacDonald

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