How many bust-ups has Roberto Mancini had to deal with in his time at Manchester City? I stopped counting at 3421.
It seems every week that the Italian has to deal with yet another spat between his players. To me it appears there are too many big time charlies at Eastlands with massive egos.
Emmanuel Adebayor probably has the biggest opinion on himself on this planet. I'm sure this is a humongous reason why Arsene Wenger snatched up the £25m for him offered by City.
The Togolese man has to decide whether he wants to box his team-mates or play football with them. I see today he has had another tear-up, this time with another former Gunner Kolo Toure.
Now Kolo is a very mild-mannered player and peaceful person. We saw that in all his years with us, so for him to decide that he wants to be Rocky for 5 minutes says a lot about the tension up at Manchester.
It's not in Kolo's nature to act this way, especially towards a team-mate, so I blame Adebayor. The man is a pure liability, despite having ability, and having someone like him in the squad is bound to cause serious grief.
Looking at the amount of arguments and bare-knuckle fighting going on at Manchester City tells me that things aren't all rosy behind the scenes at the club. Despite this they sit third in the table and I think Mancini is doing a good job there.
People say it's good to have feisty players and that a little bit of fighting between players is better than having a group of softies but I don't 100% agree with that. Of course you want winners but surely its better to have a bunch of players who get on?
You sense that with the Arsenal players. Arsene Wenger has had this squad together for a while now and its clear that they all get on. There is plenty of harmony within the Arsenal ranks, something that clearly isn't there at City.
That's why I think Mancini is going a good job keeping Manchester City in the title race. It must be hard trying to keep on top of several egotistic footballers desperate to be the number one player at the club.
Its easy to say that the players are professionals and a few disagreements shouldn't affect performances on the pitch but in the end I think it will tell. I can honestly see Manchester City self-destructing this season.
At the moment they are challenging for honours so these minor boxing matches can be overlooked but there could be a moment things take a turn for the worst and I can vision a Royal Rumble at the City of Manchester that not even Hulk Hogan could referee.
If the City squad actually began to like each other like Arsenal's do then the rest of the Premiership would probably be in serious trouble. You can say all you want about them spending more money than Elton John does on flowers, in my opinion they have the most talented squad in the league.
Luckily for the rest of us they don't seem to like each other much so a melt-down of extra-large proportions is most likely to be round the corner. We of course can take advantage of that, especially tomorrow at the Emirates. Maybe that is where the spectacular fall-out begins.
Keep It Goonerish..............