Stadium of Light boss not best pleased.
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Steve Bruce has admitted everyone associated with Sunderland is ‘massively let down’ by Darren Bent’s decision to leave for Aston Villa.
The two clubs have completed a deal for the England striker thought to be in the region of £18million.
Bent shocked the Sunderland board when he handed in a written transfer request in the aftermath of the 1-1 draw with Newcastle on Sunday.
Bruce, though, is determined to shake off the loss of his star striker as he continues to build a young and entertaining team.
“It’s hugely disappointing that Darren has decided that his future lies away from Sunderland and the players, our supporters and the club as a whole have every right to feel massively let down,” he told the club’s official website.
“The timing is especially hard to take, given that we are progressing positively and are in a great position to push on.
“Everyone has been nothing but supportive of Darren in has time at Sunderland but it’s obvious he’s not been himself in training.
“We’ve certainly not seen the best of him in games in recent weeks – and we now understand why.
“I’ve always stated that my aim is to build a talented, young squad for the long-term to help the club achieve sustained success.
“I want Sunderland fans to know that our ambitions haven’t changed on that front.” (Sky Sports)
You can hardly blame Black Cats boss Steve Bruce for being both flummoxed and angered by Darren Bent’s move to Aston Villa and the manner in which the England international demanded it. On the face of it the move looks like a step down. Yes Aston Villa have in the past been a huge club, as have Sunderland, but looking at the Premier League table and the 12 points and 11 places that separate the two sides you can’t help but feel that perhaps money was a motivating factor for the 26 year old.
Sunderland are looking good for a top six finish, which would represent their best season in over 50 years, Aston Villa on the other hand are struggling under boss Gerard Houller and are in a relegation battle, so why move to Villa Park?
Bent may well believe that Randy Lerner and the experienced Frenchman at the helm may well be about to conduct something of a revolution and are working on turning their collective ship around, although all signs point to the contrary.
It is worth noting that Bruce took something of a risk when he signed the England man, Bent was not getting regular first team football at White Hart Lane and was missing sitters that Harry Redknapp famously stated his wife could have put away. The Sunderland boss paid a lot of money and took a big gamble, the results were that the player got a chance to prove his worth, which he did, and whilst Sunderland do get a hefty chunk of change from the sale (minus what they must give to Tottenham) they probably have a right to feel aggrieved.
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