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Bent in shock transfer request

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darren bentFirst new major job for David Miliband, persuade the striker to withdraw his transfer request!

This news has come as a major shock to Sunderland fans here in South Shields, with the club confirming Darren Bent has handed in a written transfer request following yesterday’s derby match draw against Newcastle United. The news, which was announced on Radio 5 this afternoon will test the ability of the club to influence the player, and test its ambitions in finishing this season’s campaign in as high a position as possible. This is not the first time that Bent has asked to leave, and apparently the club are prepared to dig their heels in over his transfer request, especially as there could be interest from elsewhere.

It is understood that Aston Villa’s American owner Randy Lerner has sanctioned an £18m move for the England capped striker to bolster Villa’s hopes of remaining in the Premiership. Sunderland fans will be utterly shocked at the news, as it looks pretty clear that the player is bent on leaving Wearside with the lure of a probable significant signing on fee and a hike in wages.

Perhaps there is a case for South Shields MP David Miliband to test his international credentials on behalf of the club and the legions of Sunderland supporters within his constituency who do not want to see Sunderland’s campaign fall apart with the loss of it’s influential goal scorer. Miliband could well remind Darren Bent of the possibility of travel to European cities in a red and white shirt, if he was willing to forego the lucre of Lerner and see out at least another year of his contract at the Stadium of Light. Bent would be unlikely to see much European action for the midlands team next season if he decides to jump ship now.

So come on Mr. Miliband, pick up that phone and start doing what Niall Quinn really wants from you – community involvement and international influence as:

“We’re always challenging ourselves to find new ways to grow and develop the club and to make it stronger.”

On the possible non-executive director’s position for David Milband, Steve Bruce added:

“It just lifts the brand and what we are trying to achieve, and it might give a little more street cred, if that’s the right word, to what we are trying to do.”

That street cred will be shot to shreds if Quinn, Bruce, and perhaps Miliband allow Bent’s transfer request to stand, with the club currently sitting in sixth place in the Premier League one had hoped that there was an ambition to win a place in a European competition next year. If Bent is now allowed to leave a replacement bought as a panic measure might well ensue (unless, of course, that the proceeds of Bent’s sale are used to tempt Danny Wellbeck away from Old Trafford.)

So, come on Mr. Miliband, half of your constituency football supporters need your intervention – now!

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Written by curly

January 17, 2011 at 7:11 pm

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  1. Why would anyone try to make a disaffected player stay? Remember the lesson of Kevin Phillips who wanted away but we turned down a 16m bid. He was never the same and we ended up getting a measly couple of million in the ‘fire sale’ following relegation.
    Darren Bent has had his head turned so let him go at the maximum price we can squeeze out of Villa or whoever.


    January 18, 2011 at 4:22 pm

    • Of course, in footballing terms you are perfectly correct. Bent has not shown his best form in recent weeks and it appears that we now know why, what irks me today is reading his comments that Aston Villa are a MASSIVE club with HUGE ambitions, yet it looks as though they are in a relegation battle. I wonder what his team mates in Sunderland thought of that?
      However £18m rising to a possible £24m should help us find a replacement, but time is pretty tight and I don’t fancy any of the names being rumoured from Spurs. At least Steve Bruce has the chance of finding some players who actually WANT to be part of the European dream, and not just another mercenary chasing the cash!

      Still, I wonder if David Miliband had any more than just a passing interest in the events of the last 48 hours, or if it has wetted his appetite for the future? It makes a bit of a change to the cut and thrust of national front bench politics.


      January 18, 2011 at 7:00 pm

  2. Agree with I Spy, but don’t see what Bent’s situation at Sunderland has to do with Miliband’s new role at the club. As a rugby supporter I am incredulous at what goes on in soccer on, off and surrounding the field; as regards local football cred give me Whitley Bay any time.Which politicians, businesspersons and local worthies are non exec directors at other leading professional soccer clubs, and what are their roles and remuneration?


    January 18, 2011 at 6:42 pm

  3. Not to mention local councillor Allan Branley ‘dentist to the stars’ at NUFC and property developer extraordinaire. It’s a wonder he has time to attend council meetings


    January 19, 2011 at 2:16 pm

    • I guess he has to MAKE time, or face a third expulsion!


      January 19, 2011 at 4:07 pm

  4. To be fair Cllr Branley is not the only alleged poor attender. ALL local councillors should have to publish a weekly diary on line accounting for how they spend their time engaged upon council and related business;their attendance records at CAFS,PACTS and other meetings within their wards is also an important factor in measuring their performance and assessing them.Off topic, but provoked by comment about a specific councillor. Regarding Bent, what about a bid for Andy Carroll?Now that would put the cats amongst the magpies!


    January 20, 2011 at 7:40 am

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