Mancini finds City's drinking culture hard to swallow
Published 23:00 27/10/10 By David Anderson
Roberto Mancini has much work to do to eradicate the drinking culture at Manchester City after four of his stars' boozy night out.
Despite Mancini's pleas to England pair Joe Hart and Adam Johnson to behave, the pair were pictured downing shots and beers along with Gareth Barry and Shay Given at a party in Scotland.
The four were photographed letting their hair down in the early hours of Tuesday morning during a two-day golf break at St Andrews.
Hart, Johnson, Barry and Given are said to have come from a nightclub to the party in a student house at 1am before leaving 90 minutes later.
City have refused to comment on the antics of the quartet.
It is understood that they did have permission to go to St Andrews and Mancini had given his squad Monday and Tuesday off because City were not involved in the Carling Cup.
The players did not break any curfews or club rules and Mancini has not banned his stars from drinking after games.
The Italian has not taken any disciplinary action against them and the quartet all reported back for training yesterday morning.
However their behaviour is still disappointing for Mancini, who recently criticised the drinking culture in English football.
He had already spoken to Hart after he was pictured revelling in Spain before meeting up for England's 2012 qualifier against Montenegro.
And the City manager has also been concerned by Johnson's behaviour, recently dropping the winger because he was unhappy with his attitude.
Mancini is dismayed that so many British and Irish players still drink and claims no-one behaves like that in his homeland.
He said in his recent attack on the English drinking culture: "It is better to go with a woman than a drink. It is better. That is what I did when I was a player.
"In Italy the players don't have this culture to drink after the game. It is so different, but I understand it is part of the English culture and it is not easy to change.
"Adam Johnson and Joe Hart are young, they are playing in the national team and they must change. It's very frustrating for me to see this behaviour because I don't understand it.
"I don't understand why a player must drink after a game. OK, maybe one drink is OK. But three, four, five, six - drinking until they are drunk - this is not good."
Mancini claims he is not being overbearing and only wants to help the players prolong their careers.
"It is good for their career not to do this," he said. "OK, they are young now but when you are 28 or 29 you pay the price.
"That's why for me there can be no drinking before games. When you play every three days you must have 48 hours to recover.
"If you drink, if you don't sleep, you can't do it. If you are young, OK. But in one, two or three years, that will change."