City trio to face rap over boozy golf break
Published 23:00 29/10/10 By David McDonnell
Roberto Mancini has warned his Manchester City players he will not tolerate them boozing and stepping out of line any more.
City stars Gareth Barry, Adam Johnson and Joe Hart were caught on video drinking with students at a party at St Andrews, Scotland, where the players were golfing.
Although the players were on a day off and broke no club rules, City boss Mancini has taken a dim view of their conduct and revealed he will rebuke them in private.
It is the second time City keeper Hart has been caught boozing, following footage of him standing on a bar in Malaga, Spain, 36 hours before joining up with the England squad.
"I don't understand it," said Mancini. "The last video was on Monday and that was a day off, so the players can do what they want.
"But I don't understand why they have chosen this and I am unhappy about it. We are playing every three or four days at the moment and it is difficult enough to recover."
Johnson was warned by Mancini earlier this season not to believe his own hype and stay focused on his football, after his meteoric rise from the Championship to the Premier League and the England team.
"This is normal because Johnson is young," said Mancini, by way of defending the winger in public. "But I want to resolve this problem in the dressing room, not here.
"As I said, it was a day off and the players can go where they want. But when we are playing every three days, the players need to know it's important they recover well between games.
"But this is not a problem only for us, it is a problem for many British players - it's a cultural thing. I read that Aston Villa had the same problem. I repeat - I want to solve the problem in the dressing room because here [in public] is not good."
City striker Carlos Tevez, who has returned home to Argentina, should recover from a thigh injury in time for next weekend's game with West Brom and be fit for the Manchester derby on November 10.
Mancini denied Tevez was homesick and was considering quitting England because he missed his family.
"It is normal when you are in another country for a long time, that sometimes you miss your family and your home," said Mancini. "But Carlos's job is here, it is a fantastic job and I don't think there is a problem."
Mancini said striker Roque Santa Cruz can leave in January. Santa Cruz, an £18million buy from Blackburn under Mark Hughes, has made just one appearance this season and is on his way out.
Mancini said: "Roque has worked very hard and I hope he can go and play for another team, because he deserves this."