Bent in shock transfer request
First 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!