Serious Unrest at Man City. Already.By: Rob | August 10th, 2010
So yeah, the peace lasted a long time at Eastlands. Shay Given has today said that if Joe Hart starts ahead of him at the weekend, he’ll seriously consider walking away from the club. Hart has already stated he is not content to sit on the bench either as his career reaches a vital impass. Roberto Mancini has a serious decision ahead as it seems he’ll probably lose one of his keepers. Which is great news for Arsenal, who are in the market for one.
If I was Mancini I would stick to Hart. I know Given is well liked in the Premier League and is perennially cited as an underrated keeper (although I raised questionmarks about that here) but not only did Hart look brilliant last season, he’s young. He’s also English which will help from an image point of view (and from an England point of view, I am praying he gets a whole season under his belt somewhere).
Obviously this just highlights the bigger problem that Roberto Mancini has, its going to be a bit of a struggle to keep so many stars happy. But as long as he can keep the ones that play happy, he’ll probably be okay.
I can understand Given’s worries – he is 34, so he should get as much playing time as he possibly can, but he’s left it pretty late to say this, and given Mancini a real headache, although Given has said he’d be okay with going out on loan – which would please cash-shy Arsene Wenger – which may be the short term solution.