CARLOS TEVEZ can count himself lucky he wasn’t playing for Everton or Liverpool in the 1970s or 80s.
Because if the Argentine had refused to come off the bench for either of those teams, he’d have been sorted out in the dressing room.
That’s what happened in the old days.
And while I am not one for banging on about how things were better in the past, there can be no argument that Tevez wouldn’t have been allowed to get away with that back then.
Let’s face it, he refused to play; a footballer reputedly paid £230,000-a-week who doesn’t want to play football. Discuss.
I know there is a bigger picture, there are maybe things we don’t know about, and Tevez’s agent Kia Joorabchian will no doubt have had some influence.
But I’m sure within a few months Tevez will be somewhere else kissing the club’s badge and pretending everything is fine.
Graeme Souness was right. Tevez was a disgrace not to play, and talking to one of two people I’m told he hasn’t exactly been over-exerting himself in training.
I remember Graeme being dropped to the bench in May 1982 for a visit to Tottenham Hotspur. He was less than impressed, but he came on at half-time and had a stormer in the second half.