If Manuel Pellegrini is named the new Manchester City manager as expected, his first order of business must be finding a way to retain skilled forward Carlos Tevez in order to ensure success for The Citizens moving forward.
According to Mirror Football on Twitter, Pellegrini is expected to be named Man City's new boss within 24 hours.
The honeymoon period won't last long for the Chilean national, however, as he has some big decisions to make right away. According to David Anderson of Mirror Football, Pellegrini will be asked to decide upon Tevez's future almost immediately upon being hired, as the status of Tevez is holding up potential moves on other fronts for Manchester City.
There is no denying the Argentinian star's talent level, as he has put up some impressive numbers for Man City. While in good standing with the squad during the 2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons, Tevez scored a total of 52 goals, and he was a big factor behind the team's success.
Things went south during the 2011-12 season, however, as he couldn't get on the same page with former Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini. According to BBC Sport, Tevez was suspended and fined back in 2011, as he allegedly refused to enter a match as a substitute. This resulted in him playing only 15 matches that season before returning to play 39 this past season.
Tevez wasn't used to the best of his capabilities, as there was obvious tension between him and Mancini, but he still managed to net 17 goals in a difficult situation. Manchester United bested Man City by 11 points in the EPL standings this year, and transferring Tevez certainly won't aid in closing that gap.
Despite the character concerns, Manchester City needs Tevez and his on-field production. Based on the way things went down two years ago, it wouldn't be a big surprise if Tevez decided to move on, but Pellegrini will bring a totally different culture to City, and he may be able to connect with Tevez on a personal and professional level.
Pellegrini is qualified for the job based on his stints at Villareal, Real Madrid and Malaga, but the fact that he is South American, like Tevez, shouldn't be overlooked. That alone should allow them to relate to each other from the get-go. It doesn't guarantee that Tevez will want to stay after all he has endured with Manchester City, but it has to increase the odds.
What should Pellegrini do with Tevez?
Tevez still has to regain the trust of his teammates and the fans to some degree, as the feeling is that he abandoned the team a couple years ago, but it's amazing how quickly producing on the pitch can cure all ills. If Pellegrini is able to keep Tevez in the field, he'll certainly make him a focal point of the City attack and put him in a position to succeed.
Finding players with the scoring ability of Tevez is no easy task. That is why teams go to great lengths to acquire such players via transfer or to keep such players when they are already on the roster. Perhaps begging Tevez to stay would set a bad precedent since he has been insubordinate in the past, but it's a fact of life that the best players play by a different set of rules.
Pellegrini is well aware of Tevez's importance, and he has to handle this situation delicately. There is no question that Pellegrini wants to get his inevitable Manchester City career off to a great start, and convincing Tevez to continue playing for The Sky Blues would be a major coup for him.
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