Five options for how Roberto Mancini should deal with Balotelli

Balotelli

After Roberto Mancini literally tried to floor Mario Balotelli in training, here are five things which could now happen to the Manchester City striker.

Mario Balotelli’s future at Manchester City is even further doubt following a reported training ground punch/bust up with the club’s manager Roberto Mancini.

Balotelli launched into a tackle on young winger Scott Sinclair which caused Mancini to go mad and try to ‘push’ Balotelli to the floor. So what now for the striker?

Sit in the Stands or bench him

Mancini could force Balotelli to go and take a seat in the stands as punishment for the incident. He showed with the whole Carlos Tevez affair that he’s not afraid of excluding anyone from first team matches and this could be effective considering that massive ego Balotelli carries around with him everywhere. One of the harshest things Mancini could do is keep Balotelli on the fringe of first team action but just leave him on the bench. He’d experience all of the normal things about a match day but wouldn’t be allowed to indulge in any. Slightly sadistic maybe but one of the most effective ways Mancini can get him to toe the line.

Training

Mancini could force Balotelli to go and train with a different side such as the reserves or one of the youth teams. This would be a harsh and humiliating lesson for the Italian and one he will not enjoy but it would be a very clear and strong message from the manager. 

Bench

One of the harshest things Mancini could do is keep Balotelli on the fringe of first team action but just leave him on the bench. He’d experience all of the normal things about a match day but wouldn’t be allowed to indulge in any. Slightly sadistic maybe but one of the most effective ways Mancini can get him to toe the line.

Transfer

One of the simplest things Mancini could do is just sell Balotelli but this would be more complicated than just opening the floor to offers. However, this would completely rid the manager of what has proven to be a constant thorn in his side for a number of months.

Mancini may even consider a loan deal just to get Balotelli out of his hair.

Internal Punishment

There is going to be some form of internal punishment whether that’s a mega fine, a forced apology or something along those lines. If City put pressure on Mancini to try and pacify the incident then this is the most like outcome but it won’t really do anything to stop similar incidents involving Balotelli from re-appearing.

It seems like we’re long past the issue of resentment between these two individuals so Mancini needs to think outside the box in terms of how he tackles it. Tevez is the best placed to admit how chilly it can get when a player is left out in the cold.

Apologise

Perhaps Mancini will apologise to Balotelli, both will shake hands and move on? The fight the passion of wanting to win and all of that? No? Ok then...

How do you think Mancini should deal with this latest Balotelli incident?

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