Mancini ready to get tough with Robinho, Adebayor

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London, Dec 27 (ANI): New Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini will be given licence to get tough with ace striker Robinho and Emmanuel Adebayor if their attitudes do not improve.

The Italian built a reputation as a disciplinarian in Serie A as he became Inter Milan's most successful manager in 30 years.

"Mancini is very much his own man. When he played under Sven Goran Eriksson at Sampdoria and then at Lazio it was often said that he was the coach on the pitch," said a source close to Mancini.

"He is a tough cookie. He has no time for those who do not follow the party line. He will also not be worried about leading Manchester City after successfully managing 30 players at Italy's biggest club.

"There is no reason at all for him to be frightened and he won't be. There will be no tolerance of poor attitudes, no matter how big the player is," News of the World quoted the source, as saying.

"For him, what matters is only what is best for the club. If a player wants to travel in a different direction then the team will move on without him. He has dropped players in the past and will do so again if things are not going the way he wants," the source added.

Mancini named Robinho in his first team for yesterday's game with Stoke but Adebayor was not even on the bench.

Robinho regularly flouted the club's rules, much to the annoyance of many of his team-mates.

Earlier this month, he turned up two hours late to a party for foster children and had to be persuaded to make an appearance after the club sent a car to his home.

In February, he ignored the dress code on a UEFA Cup trip to Copenhagen by discarding his tie and wearing trainers and jewellery with his club suit. (ANI)

Story first published: Sunday, December 27, 2009, 13:09 [IST]
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