It’s fair to say the two men have previous, with the striker calling Neville a “boot-licking moron" ahead of a Carling Cup clash between the two Manchester clubs in 2010. This was reportedly in response to Neville saying that Tevez was not worth £25 million in the wake of his move to City.
On this occasion Tevez has moved away from personal attacks and let loose a diatribe on Neville accusing him of demonstrating a lack of commitment to England’s cause by working as a TV pundit as well as other projects whilst also being an England coach. Here’s a sample:
“Which brings me to Gary Neville. I can’t believe that any of the top countries would employ a television pundit as a part-time coach.
"Can you imagine Spain, Italy, Germany, Holland, Brazil or Argentina employing a manager’s right-hand man whose day job is a television pundit? I can’t ever see it happening.
"This week, I saw that Gary is part of a venture to build a new hotel in Manchester.
"How does that benefit England and Roy Hodgson?”
Tevez also attacks Neville for not turning up to watch games as Baldini did under Capello. Before going on to lack at Tevez’ own checkered history in terms of commitment, it’s worth mentioning that Neville is not Hodgson’s assistant coach at England, he is part of the staff, and as the most inexperienced member of that team it’s unlikely he would be taking on the same duties as Baldini did. Perhaps Tevez should keep his eyes peeled for Ray Lewington at future matches.
It’s also beyond incredible that Tevez believes he is any position to question anyone’s focus on their job, having spent a large part of last season in Argentina rather than Manchester, in the midst of the most spectacular tantrum of the Premier League era. Time and again Tevez has shown himself to be either terribly misguided in his actions and this latest outing looks to be no different.
Whatever your view of Neville doing his punditry work alongside coaching for England, Tevez is clearly not the man to air any concerns. The Argentinian had all the attributes to become a Premier League legend, but his actions off the field taint him irrevocably.
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