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£6million Bent Rumour - As Usual - Nonsense!

£6million Bent Rumour - As Usual - Nonsense!

Every now and then a rumour is started (quite often from the same person who does nothing but rake up the ****) that is so ridiculous I just assume it will be laughed at. But I`m usually wrong and because of the way the internet works, it spreads and becomes fact!

The latest?

The rumour is Darren Bent is not being played because after his next game we`d have to pay Sunderland another £6million.


Ask yourself, do you think the player and his agent would remain silent if that was the case? Of course not.

Another question. Do you think that Paul Lambert would accept that? Does he look like a patsy to you? Personally I think if the board started to pick the team (which is something they would laugh at, honestly, if they were told that was the accusation) I think he`d walk AND say why.

It is Lamberts reputation, as he has said several times, he picks the team, it is totally his decision. It is fine and dandy (and all part of football) that we all argue whether we think the manager (any manager) is right, but at the end of the day, the majority of us know it is only the managers opinion that ultimately matters because it is only the managers job that is on the line from these decisions.

I have to admit, I find the decision baffling, I also find those who agree with the decision baffling. All part of football these debates aren`t they? Just a shame it then gets mixed into total myth started by people who really should know better, or maybe they don`t, maybe they have less understanding of football than their loud mouths would suggest?

Conspiracy after conspiracy and how many come true? None.

I`ve spoken to a source at the Club and he just repeated what my argument has been in recent days. "Laughable".

"No one but Paul Lambert picks the team" and I was pointed to the Lambert quotes saying he picks the team, he has no problem with Bent, everyone has a place in the squad when he decides.

It might be right, it might be wrong (judging by the fact we are amongst the lowest scorers in the league and he is one of the Prem big scorers, I personally think it is dead wrong AND also think that Bent and Benteke could form a great partnership given time) but that is the plain truth of it. As I`ve often said, the truth is often much more more boring than these rumours, but the rumours never turn out to be true.

Could it be that Lambert just doesn`t rate the player? Of course. He might well be sold, who knows? If he is sold and it is re-invested in players that Lambert does rate, isn`t that the normal way of football when a team is in transition? Players come, players go.

So, the current rumour, I`m told "nonsense" and despite Blackburn doing something like this last year, "Villa don`t pick the team, the manager does, and that is the way it will always be".

Boring? Maybe. Fact? Yup.

Vital Villa, the seekers of truth and justice!

Now come on Lambert, play Bent and Benteke v QPR! LOL

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Wednesday November 28 2012
Time: 10:52AM


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The Fear
28/11/2012 11:00:00
I thought the fee was 18mil plus up to 6mil based on performance, and I would have imagined most of that 6mil would have been if we had stayed up.
28/11/2012 11:05:00
Fair enough I was starting believe it myself because I was thinking how can anyone think that Jordan Bowery is a better option on the Bench than Darren Bent? It was either than and it has happened at other clubs in past or Him and Lambert have had a falling out. Because let’s not forget when Lambert came he made Bent captain so he was initially going to build the team around him and have him as integral part of the team, and to go from that to the reserves in virtually no time at all particularly when we have all our strikers on the pitch and only an unknown youngster on the bench ahead of him. There has to another reason than just Lambert does not rate as highly as Bowery and everything is fine.
28/11/2012 11:05:00
What harm is just putting Bent on the bench? Options. Class. |Experience.
Not sure what Lambert looks like to be honest. Not a top top manager for sure. but in luck we trust....
28/11/2012 11:06:00
The fee increase wouldn't mean Lambert is being undermined by the board. At the end of the day, that would come out of his transfer budget so I assume it is his choice. Don't believe it's £6m, but maybe £2-3m (as we know there were add ons) would certainly make some sense of the situation.
28/11/2012 11:25:00
I doubt he is being told to leave him out of the team. A manager should be tasked with picking the team as he lives and dies by the results. That doesn't mean he hasn't been made aware of potential implications of picking him and paying add ons - and that the money paid out would be accounted for by a reduce kitty for the January transfer window. In that sense it would be his decision to leave him out of the team, and would not be a direct edict from above. That would also seem to tally with his absence from the bench, as paying a 6 figure sum based on being on the pitch for 5 mins of a game would seem a bit ridiculous
heavy d
28/11/2012 11:29:00
Just like to add Fear that you have not completely debunk the claim while I think now it is more likely that there is a falling out between the players, still you assume it is the board that is telling Lambert to do this. What if it is Lambert decision he could have known this from the start the stipulations and that he has to work in budget and tried to play Bent to see if he could build a team around him, when he realised it wouldn't work perhaps because we don't have the players around him and without the sufficient funds to do so, he tried other systems and finally settled on one, which of course Bent is not suited too. With that in mind and the fact we could still get about £10m for him plus the "£6m" saved and Bents Wages, maybe Lambert decided himself he could use that money to buy a more compatible player for Benteke. It certainly would make managerial sense to do so and he says it is his decision and even questioned on Bents departure he said he will do what is best for Aston Villa so no real lies there either if this conspiracy theory is true. Also Bent is under contract so for him to spill these beans could cost him his loyalty bonus etc etc. However I still think now it is far more likely that there is a bust probably because of the fact that there is nothing stopping Sunderland coming out and saying it ah I guess I just debunked it.
28/11/2012 11:31:00
Just thought of a title for Randy's autobiography. "Randy - Adventures of a Penny-Pinching Billionaire" :-)
heavy d
28/11/2012 11:32:00
he's not penny pinching. He just doesn`t see the point in leading the club into financial ruin. Aston villa is a business as well im afraid, it has to be run on a sustainable basis or it will go under.
bikini inspector
28/11/2012 11:36:00
I think that you will find that we did it a few years ago with curtis davis, if he had played another game we would have had to offer him a new contract so he didn't play.
28/11/2012 11:41:00
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