Carlos Tevez could play for Manchester City, says Alan Pardew

By Chris Brierley and Phil DawkesBBC Sport

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew believes Carlos Tevez could still play for Manchester City.

Pardew was in charge of Tevez when he first came to the Premier League at West Ham in 2006.

City boss Roberto Mancini said Tevez was "finished" at the club after claiming he refused to come on during the defeat by Bayern Munich.

"Sometimes it can be overcome by a performance on the pitch. Tevez could still be forgiven," Pardew said.

"You never know in football. There have been massive conflicts in the past and then suddenly, it is ironed out.

"Who would have thought Harry Redknapp would have gone from Southampton manager back to Portsmouth or, for that matter, that Alex McLeish would go from Birmingham to Aston Villa as manager?"

Pardew does believe Tevez is in the wrong. He added: "Tevez is a great player. He is a good personality but I think he has let himself down.

"He's a maverick player and most Premier League clubs carry one or two.

"They are going to have their moments and sometimes, it is about managing those moments.

"He isn't the first and he certainly won't be the last who won't want to warm up and is sulking a little bit because they are not playing.

"But all these situations are about circumstance and timing and perhaps they just got that completely wrong the other night.

"At the moment it doesn't look perfect for Manchester City because they have got a player who is obviously upset.

"They have fined him two weeks money and now there's some conflict.

"If Carlos goes in the next window, that will be the end game. But who knows? Sometimes you have got to look at the bigger picture."

Professional Footballers' Association chairman Clarke Carlisle hopes that the dispute between Tevez and Mancini was merely a misunderstanding.

He said: "Carlos Tevez has put out a statement in which he says it was lost in translation - what was asked of him and what he said.

"My hopes are it was just a case of Carlos Tevez saying he had warmed up already and he was ready for action and that he didn't need to warm up any further.

"I really don't want to think there is any professional out there who didn't want to enter the field of play."

Meanwhile, former City player David White believes Tevez should be given a second chance.

White said: "If there is a crisis in form, Mancini could be doing the right thing by picking Tevez."

"If Mancini thought he needed the player, he should be big enough to put this behind him."

He also thinks Tevez will ultimately leave the club, probably in the January transfer window but says the club should not sack him.

White added: "I'm pretty sure in the next few months - and certainly by January - it will all be done and dusted and Tevez will be gone.

"It's right that he has been suspended but, if you sack him, you are putting potentially £40-£50m in his back pocket.

"Having a bad egg in the changing room is not a good thing but, if they just sack him, he would be a free agent."

Former Nottingham Forest manager Dave Bassett had his own run-in with a wayward player, falling out with Dutch striker Pierre van Hooijdonk in 1998.

And Bassett told BBC Sport: "The only way back for Tevez now is if he gets on his hands and knees and apologises.

"He needs to grovel. He should go on television and tell his manager he has let him down, that he has let his team-mates down, that he has let the fans down, that he has behaved despicably, that he's not been professional and that he's disgusted with himself."