Tough call for Joleon
- 21 April 2012 09:07
- Posted by Tim Oscroft
Joleon Lescott has a dilemma in store when City take on old club Wolves on Sunday.
A win for City will relegate his the west Midlands outfit, managed by his mentor Terry Connor, not something Joleon would want to do in an ideal world.
He's a decent type, but Joleon will make sure head rules heart at Molineux as he reveals all over the UK written press.
The Star's version, written by Jeremy Cross, is fairly standard - "JOLEON LESCOTT admits he will have to ignore personal heartbreak to keep Manchester City’s title dream alive at Molineux tomorrow.
...He will take no pleasure from sending Connor’s men down, but knows he has no choice if City are to maintain their hopes of pipping Manchester United to the title.
"Lescott said: 'Relegating Wolves would be very disappointing. It’s my childhood club and I have a lot of friends there. People may say I have worked with some bigger names but I would still say Terry is the best. He groomed me as a youngster and corrected my mistakes. He helped me learn from them.'"
Roberto Mancini's opinions on refereeing in light of recent high-profile decisions were sought - and given - at Friday's Carrington meeting with the press. Thunder and lightning accompanied the press conference, exaggerating the mood a touch - you can see it on CityTV - but Chris Wheeler gives a flavour in the Mail:
"As the black clouds gathered over Carrington, Roberto Mancini allowed his thoughts to turn to Italy and a better time and place.
"The days when he thought English referees were the best in the business and all was fair in this green and pleasant land.
"Not anymore. The Barclays Premier League, he has decided, is no better than Serie A when it comes to big clubs getting big decisions.
"'I am frustrated,' said the Manchester City manager. 'We have a saying, il tutto mondo e paese. Every place is the same. That means the rules are not the same for everyone. They are sometimes different.
And while you check your Italian translation, news on ESPN.co.uk that Edin Dzeko is not seeking a move away from City, according to his agent.
"'At this time, Edin is fine at Manchester City and he has no plans to change team,' Dzeko's agent Silvano Martina told tuttojuve.com. 'Juventus do not fall into his plans. Currently this possibility does not exist. He will remain at City, 100 per cent.'"