The first is that Tevez's domestic situation changed this year. As with Rooney, I'm not a fan of delving into a player's private life. Suffice to say that apparently Tevez and his long term partner split and she returned to Argentina along with the couple's children. Tevez appears to be legitimately unsettled and homesick wanting to be near his kids.
Second an overlooked part of the equation is that Tevez doesn't really fit Mancini's tactical preference. Yes, that's somewhat of a bizarre statement given the number of goals that the Argentinian has scored for City, but as I've discussed in the past Tevez comes back for the ball and that actually creates conflict with the creative midfielder playing in an advanced central role (AMC). Against West Ham you saw more of the flow in the attacking phase that we can expect from a Mancini team. The back four is set, de Jong and Barry provide a defensive cover in front of them and then one of the ball winning midfielders, in this case Yaya Toure, the AMC David Silva and two strikers, Jo and Balotelli. All four have defensive duties as well but as the team turns defense into offense then Toure, Silva, Jo and Balotelli were showing a tremendous amount of movement and changing of position which caused West Ham significant trouble. Tevez, within context, doesn't really work in that formation.
It's been my long held belief that Tevez would leave this summer if Champions League qualification was achieved. Despite speculation suggesting that Tevez will leave in the January window I find that highly unlikely. City's goal this season is to qualify for the Champions League. Once that is obtained then, and only then, do I feel Tevez will leave the club.
And third, there is the implication in the City issued statement that the problems stem from a desire for an improved contract. Even if true this is a serious mis calculation by the City hierarchy. Tevez has always struck me as a player who more than anything needs to be wanted. I'm not naive, money plays an important part in the decision making of most players, but the utter joy with which Tevez jumped into the crowd after scoring his first goal for West Ham against Spurs has always stuck with me. Then there was the United situation and the pursuit of Tevez by Mark Hughes. Throw in a comment here and there and that's my take on Tevez.
As such to issue a statement, as the club did Sunday, implying that the desire for a new contract was at least part of the issue is quite possibly the most ill conceived notion since Lincoln said "I'm bored, let's take in a show." If truly money is the root of the problem then calling out the player isn't going to make him happy and if money isn't, as I suspect, the issue then you've just made him so pissed off that nothing can save the situation. Just because United were successful in painting Rooney as the bad guy doesn't mean that it should be the normal tactic for dealing with unhappy players.
Tevez is gone. Not today, not I suspect in January, but soon. He will not finish out his contract at the club. Of that I am certain. Mancini and by extension Garry Cook and Brian Marwood better hope that they qualify for the Champions League this year. Winning cures just about everything in football, but the number of players that are being pushed out is starting to become an issue. Elano, Robinho, Petrov, Bellamy, Ireland, Onuoha, the upcoming Given and more. Certainly some of this is related to the Sven to Hughes to Mancini transition and the desire of managers to have their own players, however it's a trend that needs to come to an end.