Darren Bent - a retrospective

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SWC111

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what a superb thread this is
some proper feelings for SAFC, our club, been written with feeling
hopefully you wont turn around in 18 months time and decide to support another club for footballing reasons :roll:

the money grabbing wanker
the way he has turned his back on the fans is shocking

you see the likes of ferdy getting stick week after week and they make no noises, no twisting at all
they work at the problems, they stick it out, work their way back in and gain the respect of the fans..and really earn it, not for arse kissing...for hard work

Bent walks in for a record fee after his twitter stuff to a heros welcome
gets off to a flyer and has his best season..because Bruce, Quinn and Ellis took that risk on him...they took that punt that could have went so badly wrong and gave the lad a chance to prove he was good...resulting in England call ups etc

season finishes and the fucker wants to ditch us right away to go to Turkey for mega bucks...decides to stay...scuffs in a few more goals...half arsed in training and on the pitch...the sensitive soul
all the while though through this 18 month he's telling the fans how he loves it, how he wants to be a legend..and as little as 4 weeks ago telling that he'd love to sign a contract extension and telling twitter he never wants to leave here

then after the derby...not just any game, the biggest home game of the season..after another wank "performance" by him, he pulls hit transfer request out his kit bag and fucks off to the team in the bottom 6

what a wanker
what a let down

give me a phil bardsley over darren bent any day
at least his performances are actually on the pitch and not on twitter
Spot on. Bardsley gets stick all the time, in and out the team yet he never opened his mouth once - got on with it.
 
Fantastic original post which completely sums up my feelings, and some great responses too.

I'd like to to add one thing.

When Darren Bent missed out on the world cup squad last year, who was the first person to ring him up at home and offer some supportive words?

Family? - No
Friends? - No
FA representative? - No

It was Niall Quinn. Going beyond his duty as a club chairman, a man who isn't even English calling up our star player to have a chat, make sure he was aware everyone at the club sympathised with him and were there to support him.

How did Darren Bent repay this faith? Apparently by handing in a transfer request in August over money, and following it up by doing it mid-way through the clubs best season, potentially league wise for decades, again for money.

It's a shame his loyalty has turned out to be as short as his memory.
 

Davyred

Striker
the problem is that with the vitriol now being spouted I guess no player will be prepared to ever say he loves the club, loves the region, loves the fans......we love steed (well I do) and he doesn't go around kissing the badge (never scores mind!) and declaring his love of all things safc.....I am sure Benty did love the club...something more (other than money) has happened, I know not what, and he has fallen out of love. It happens to us all at some time. I don't think we should be too harsh on him when, for example, Gyan came here for the money. If we are going to be a top six side signing big players we are going to have to get used to this type of player who will move on at the drop of a hat.
Let the dust settle, but remember Benty's goals kept us up last season, and he was being paid peanuts relatively speaking. Just another misguided footballer.
Wrong.

No-one asked him to come out with the love in shite that he came out with.

Ferdinand and Bardsley have been pointed out as classic examples, players who were on their way out but showed the guts and fight to stay here and be involved in the managers plans. Bent had his nose put out cos he wasn't going to be number one anymore. What kind of attitude is that to have for fucks sake!

Bents goals might have kept us up last season, but so did the assists and creativity provided to him, something that he was far too quick to slag off.
 
Well what a lying odious fucking piece a shit he turned out to be.
A fucking badge kissing bellend. No wonder the Spurs fans turned on him so much. We now know why.

We fucking played the mags with 10 men. He already had his letter to sir prepared. When we equalised late on he wasn't interested.Fucking shameful. Shameful. £50,000 a week he was getting and he wasn't interested in us equalising v Newcastle. Dummy out the minute we signed Gyan it would appear.

He may need a Lee Clark-style "thigh strain" when Villa play up here next - who knows it could be as early as next season should Villa manage to stay up.

The stick he will get will be immense. And it will be deserved. I will boo the wanker like fuck. I've never done it for anyone but I fucking well will next time that bastard arrives in town with his slightly effiminate voice.
He may need his mam.

He has shafted us and left us completely in the lurch. It could ruin our season, though I doubt it as Brucey is a wise old wheeler and dealer.

I only hope that Villa don't go to trading standards when they realise they are committed to £24 million for a player who often cannot actually strike a ball cleanly and has the first touch of a virgin.

Yes, a top class goalscorer but not a class act in any other way.

Oh and I know you'll read this at some point Darren. You probably have your own name in every search engine of every website on the internet.
I hope it doesn't hurt your apparently tender feelings.

I guess £80K a week will ease the hurt. It will buy a few new Xbox games for you to fuck about on while the fans that idolised you go to work.
I could'nt put it better myself !

At first i gave bent the "benefit of the doubt" ...but then it all started to come out, thought it was us fans just been frustrated then i got a PM off a certain poster who has a contact within the club, and for bruce and quinn not to know, i thought that bent was "poached" !

What a greedy bastard he is, more than Don hutchison, i will be doing exactly the same Toosb, when he is next at the SOL... :evil:
 

Ernie

Winger
I just think we ought to step back a bit - the guy scored loads of goals for us, he's moved on (for reasons that none of us know - possibly not even him - he wasn't happy that's all we really know at the moment). Forget what he says - he's a footballer - he's a bit daft and naive. I am sure we have all been in a position at one time in our lives where things are going really well, and then we have a change of heart, unexplained, and we change direction. I feel sorry for Benty more than anything else - I think he's made a mistake but it is him that has made it. I suspect he may regret to some extent this move but that's his problem. Would you really want an unhappy player to stay at the club?
 
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Fat and Ginger

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Well what a lying odious fucking piece a shit he turned out to be.
A fucking badge kissing bellend. No wonder the Spurs fans turned on him so much. We now know why.

We fucking played the mags with 10 men. He already had his letter to sir prepared. When we equalised late on he wasn't interested.Fucking shameful. Shameful. £50,000 a week he was getting and he wasn't interested in us equalising v Newcastle. Dummy out the minute we signed Gyan it would appear.

He may need a Lee Clark-style "thigh strain" when Villa play up here next - who knows it could be as early as next season should Villa manage to stay up.

The stick he will get will be immense. And it will be deserved. I will boo the wanker like fuck. I've never done it for anyone but I fucking well will next time that bastard arrives in town with his slightly effiminate voice.
He may need his mam.

He has shafted us and left us completely in the lurch. It could ruin our season, though I doubt it as Brucey is a wise old wheeler and dealer.

I only hope that Villa don't go to trading standards when they realise they are committed to £24 million for a player who often cannot actually strike a ball cleanly and has the first touch of a virgin.

Yes, a top class goalscorer but not a class act in any other way.

Oh and I know you'll read this at some point Darren. You probably have your own name in every search engine of every website on the internet.
I hope it doesn't hurt your apparently tender feelings.

I guess £80K a week will ease the hurt. It will buy a few new Xbox games for you to fuck about on while the fans that idolised you go to work.
A five star rant is ever there was one. Im about 12hours too late but well said.
 

kermode

Winger
Fantastic original post which completely sums up my feelings, and some great responses too.

I'd like to to add one thing.

When Darren Bent missed out on the world cup squad last year, who was the first person to ring him up at home and offer some supportive words?

Family? - No
Friends? - No
FA representative? - No

It was Niall Quinn. Going beyond his duty as a club chairman, a man who isn't even English calling up our star player to have a chat, make sure he was aware everyone at the club sympathised with him and were there to support him.

How did Darren Bent repay this faith? Apparently by handing in a transfer request in August over money, and following it up by doing it mid-way through the clubs best season, potentially league wise for decades, again for money.

It's a shame his loyalty has turned out to be as short as his memory.
I was either unaware of, or had forgotten about this, and it shows Bent up more than anything else for what he is. What a way to repay a club who essentially salvaged your career, and also look after you that goes way beyond average employer/employee relations. This has made me more bitterly disappointed with Bent than I was before.
 
I'm struggling to think of how he could have handled this any worse. Players move on, that's part of football, but how they do so says a lot about them as people. Unfortunately Darren Bent appears to be a selfish, arrogant and money grabbing prick. If he wasn't happy and he'd waited until the summer then I would have been gutted but at least would have respected his choice.


I think Lee Clark if the only ex player I would boo and abuse on his return to Sunderland, Darren Bent has just joined that very exclusive list.
Original post just about sums it up for me. I'm pretty much a realist and accept that people move jobs for shed loads more money and generally it doesn't bother me, particularly if you can see other good career/footballing considerations.

In this case though (and as stated above) the way Bent handled this is as bad as it gets. Also the fact that he's swapping a club trying to achieve great things and pulling in the right direction for what looks like a rudderless ship emphasises more than anything the one and only reason for his going.

The greedy, mercenary, greedy, duplicitous, greedy b*stard.
 
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MackemDale

Guest
Well what a lying odious fucking piece a shit he turned out to be.
A fucking badge kissing bellend. No wonder the Spurs fans turned on him so much. We now know why.

We fucking played the mags with 10 men. He already had his letter to sir prepared. When we equalised late on he wasn't interested.Fucking shameful. Shameful. £50,000 a week he was getting and he wasn't interested in us equalising v Newcastle. Dummy out the minute we signed Gyan it would appear.

He may need a Lee Clark-style "thigh strain" when Villa play up here next - who knows it could be as early as next season should Villa manage to stay up.

The stick he will get will be immense. And it will be deserved. I will boo the wanker like fuck. I've never done it for anyone but I fucking well will next time that bastard arrives in town with his slightly effiminate voice.
He may need his mam.

He has shafted us and left us completely in the lurch. It could ruin our season, though I doubt it as Brucey is a wise old wheeler and dealer.

I only hope that Villa don't go to trading standards when they realise they are committed to £24 million for a player who often cannot actually strike a ball cleanly and has the first touch of a virgin.

Yes, a top class goalscorer but not a class act in any other way.

Oh and I know you'll read this at some point Darren. You probably have your own name in every search engine of every website on the internet.
I hope it doesn't hurt your apparently tender feelings.

I guess £80K a week will ease the hurt. It will buy a few new Xbox games for you to fuck about on while the fans that idolised you go to work.
 
i agree with this and its a canny summing up, of a lot of points made by the majority of posters on here, in the numerous threads on the subject

dont praise toosb's man. he will get another mention in the press again and he may do a bent and leave for the money
 

Coops

Midfield
Great Post - sums is all up very well.

I feel disappointed in myself. I fell for Bent's comments about the club, wanting to be a legend and all the rest he spouted.

I like to think of myself as a relatively intelligent person, but I was 'conned' by him as well.
 
Actions speak louder than words, when did Bent last celebrate a goal? It's the fact that he didn't give of his best in the last couple of months that annoys me more than anything else. Still he's gone and now has to be replaced. I have never known us sell our better players and replace with an equal, it's always meant more dross and I don't know if I want to suffer that again.
 
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Actions speak louder than words, when did Bent last celebrate a goal? It's the fact the he didn't give of his best in the last couple of months that annoys me more than anything else. Still he's gone and now has to be replaced. I have never known us sell our better players and replace with an equal, it's always meant more dross and I don't know if I want to suffer that again.
Gyan for Jones?
Cana and Cattermole for Whitehead and Leadbitter?
Turner for Collins?

I appreciate your scepticism, but the current regime can not be tarred with the same brush as the previous ones.

I was either unaware of, or had forgotten about this, and it shows Bent up more than anything else for what he is. What a way to repay a club who essentially salvaged your career, and also look after you that goes way beyond average employer/employee relations. This has made me more bitterly disappointed with Bent than I was before.
I'm pretty sure Bent actually reported this story to the media, perhaps a newspaper in the days after his exclusion.

No wonder poor Quinny was shocked.
 

kermode

Winger
Actions speak louder than words, when did Bent last celebrate a goal? It's the fact that he didn't give of his best in the last couple of months that annoys me more than anything else. Still he's gone and now has to be replaced. I have never known us sell our better players and replace with an equal, it's always meant more dross and I don't know if I want to suffer that again.
Bruce has done nothing but replace shite with quality since he arrived here. Every signing that has come into the first team has been an improvement on those who he has sold. Fact.
 

seanlaz

Full Back
Well what a lying odious fucking piece a shit he turned out to be.
A fucking badge kissing bellend. No wonder the Spurs fans turned on him so much. We now know why.

We fucking played the mags with 10 men. He already had his letter to sir prepared. When we equalised late on he wasn't interested.Fucking shameful. Shameful. £50,000 a week he was getting and he wasn't interested in us equalising v Newcastle. Dummy out the minute we signed Gyan it would appear.

He may need a Lee Clark-style "thigh strain" when Villa play up here next - who knows it could be as early as next season should Villa manage to stay up.

The stick he will get will be immense. And it will be deserved. I will boo the wanker like fuck. I've never done it for anyone but I fucking well will next time that bastard arrives in town with his slightly effiminate voice.
He may need his mam.

He has shafted us and left us completely in the lurch. It could ruin our season, though I doubt it as Brucey is a wise old wheeler and dealer.

I only hope that Villa don't go to trading standards when they realise they are committed to £24 million for a player who often cannot actually strike a ball cleanly and has the first touch of a virgin.

Yes, a top class goalscorer but not a class act in any other way.

Oh and I know you'll read this at some point Darren. You probably have your own name in every search engine of every website on the internet.
I hope it doesn't hurt your apparently tender feelings.

I guess £80K a week will ease the hurt. It will buy a few new Xbox games for you to fuck about on while the fans that idolised you go to work.
post of the year
 

ned_werby

Striker
Quality post by the OP.

Wonder if DB wil get as much of the 'arm round the shoulder' that he desperately needs at Villa as he did here?
 
I just think we ought to step back a bit - the guy scored loads of goals for us, he's moved on (for reasons that none of us know - possibly not even him - he wasn't happy that's all we really know at the moment). Forget what he says - he's a footballer - he's a bit daft and naive. I am sure we have all been in a position at one time in our lives where things are going really well, and then we have a change of heart, unexplained, and we change direction. I feel sorry for Benty more than anything else - I think he's made a mistake but it is him that has made it. I suspect he may regret to some extent this move but that's his problem. Would you really want an unhappy player to stay at the club?
No, i would'nt want an unhappy player at the club, but bent went behind everyones back and this has gone on for weeks it seems when still playing, he said he wanted to be a legend for the club the fans were great etc...and has said he wanted to go to a bigger club in villa :lol:

I do still think that something else has gone on that we dont know about as yet ! ....anyway he has gone, and at least we got £24 million !!! ....lets spend it wisely...
 

Ernie

Winger
Hawes, that's the point. Something else has gone on.
With Clarky he did something stupid (and Ball used it as an excuse to get him shipped, although at the time it was a pretty good excuse) but I just can't agree that the OP (and the world and his dog) is ready to treat Bent in this way without knowing the facts. People are putting 2 and 2 and getting 5. Moving to a bigger club....possibly, but not in recent times. better service...hardly. better fans...no more of the same I'd suggest. No-one but Bent knows why he has moved and perhaps he doesn't really know himself.
If money was involved, we have to ask ourselves if we did offer to improve his contract, but again, we DON'T know.
Booing a player who used to play for Sunderland is a very poor effort. Do it if you have to, but I won't be.
Kneejerks are us! If we really hate the guy, the best way (IMHO) is to ignore him (my posts excluded of course!)
 
Well what a lying odious fucking piece a shit he turned out to be.
A fucking badge kissing bellend. No wonder the Spurs fans turned on him so much. We now know why.

We fucking played the mags with 10 men. He already had his letter to sir prepared. When we equalised late on he wasn't interested.Fucking shameful. Shameful. £50,000 a week he was getting and he wasn't interested in us equalising v Newcastle. Dummy out the minute we signed Gyan it would appear.

He may need a Lee Clark-style "thigh strain" when Villa play up here next - who knows it could be as early as next season should Villa manage to stay up.

The stick he will get will be immense. And it will be deserved. I will boo the wanker like fuck. I've never done it for anyone but I fucking well will next time that bastard arrives in town with his slightly effiminate voice.
He may need his mam.

He has shafted us and left us completely in the lurch. It could ruin our season, though I doubt it as Brucey is a wise old wheeler and dealer.

I only hope that Villa don't go to trading standards when they realise they are committed to £24 million for a player who often cannot actually strike a ball cleanly and has the first touch of a virgin.

Yes, a top class goalscorer but not a class act in any other way.

Oh and I know you'll read this at some point Darren. You probably have your own name in every search engine of every website on the internet.
I hope it doesn't hurt your apparently tender feelings.

I guess £80K a week will ease the hurt. It will buy a few new Xbox games for you to fuck about on while the fans that idolised you go to work.
Fantastic post, sums it up perfectly. What a 2 faced money grabbing bastard. He could have been a legend here and he gives it all up for money ~ which he will probably never even get round to spending :evil:
 
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