Tributes have been flooding in for legendary Manchester City coach Malcolm Allison who died yesterday at the age of 83. Allison helped inspire City to great success in the late 1960s and a statement on the clubs official website read: “Flamboyant, brilliant and larger than life, Malcolm will be sorely missed by everyone at the Club and beyond.” Former City star Mike Summerbee also paid tribute, declaring: “Joe Mercer was the figurehead but Malcolm Allison was the key to the door. Malcolm changed football by making us train like athletes and in that respect, he was ahead of his time. It is sad to lose not only a great character, but one of the greatest coaches there has ever been in this country. He was the best coach this country has ever had, without a shadow of a doubt. He was a great coach, a very special person and a nice man as well.”
City shock move for Sneijder.
According to Bettor.com City could be set to battle it out with Manchester United for the signature of Wesley Sneijder. Reports suggest that the Dutch midfielder, who played a key role in his country’s march to the World Cup Final, is unhappy under Rafa Benitez at Inter Milan and he has been unable to negotiate at a new deal. Sneijder would be available for around £35m, a fee which suggests that City are in the driving seat for any deal.
de Jong not dirty.
Footballfancast.com reports that Roberto Mancini has defended Nigel de Jong and the City boss believes he has wrongly been identified as a ‘dirty’ player. Bert van Marwijk’s decision to drop the Dutch midfielder as a result of his challenge on Hatem Ben Arfa meant that the topic continued to be a major talking point in international week but Mancini leapt to his defence, declaring: “I remember the foul in the World Cup final very well. He was late in the tackle. He started and couldn’t stop. But he is an honest player. He is a hard player but there are a lot of players like that and I am very disappointed with all the people who have spoken about this situation. It was a normal tackle, not the kind of thing that people have been speaking about. Ben Arfa was very unlucky to get this injury. I am very sorry for him and hope he can play very quickly. Sometimes I agree, we must pay attention to tackles because when things happen like this with Ben Arfa, it is very disappointing but these situations can happen in football.”
Mancini dismisses Tevez quit talk.
Roberto Mancini has dismissed claims that Carlos Tevez is ready to quit football. The Argentine stated last week that he ‘had the idea of quitting in his mind’ but his Manchester City boss denied there was any such danger. Goal.com reports that the Italian stated: “I haven’t spoken to him about this. Carlos is born to play football. I don’t know if he will continue to play here for 10 years or whether he goes back to Argentina but he will play football. I hope he can stay here.” Mancini also played down the pair’s bust-up at half-time during the game against Newcastle, declaring: “I played football. I understand when you are tired maybe sometimes you can say things you don’t want to say. This is normal.” The club’s official site meanwhile reports that Tevez will be rested for one of the club’s next three games. It is most likely that he will sit out the Europa League tie against Lech Ponzan.