Bent hits out at Redknapp treatment
Friday 07 August 2009
Sunderland new boy Darren Bent admits his two years at Tottenham were the worst of his career.
The 25-year-old completed his move to the Stadium of Light on Wednesday following an unhappy stint at White Hart Lane.
Bent said: "It was the worst two years of my career.
"Even last year, when I was the club's top scorer, I never actually felt wanted. I didn't feel (manager Harry) Redknapp wanted me there."
Bent was pushed further down Spurs' pecking order last month when boss Harry Redknapp bolstered a strike-force already boasting Robbie Keane, Jermain Defoe and Roman Pavlyuchenko by signing Peter Crouch.
His relationship with Redknapp hit its lowest ebb in January when the former Charlton forward missed a simple chance against Portsmouth, with Redknapp quipping afterwards that his wife could have scored.
"It's massive to have the support of your manager and that's not been the case for the last two years," said Bent, who was signed by Martin Jol and also played under Juande Ramos.
"No-one goes out to deliberately miss."
He added: "My career stood still at Tottenham. There's a lot of politics going on there.
"I scored a lot of goals but it was the hardest two years of my life and it's a weight off my shoulders that I'm finally here.
"I never felt I would stay in the team even when I was scoring goals.
"Martin Jol was probably the last manager to publicly praise me during my time at Spurs.
"After he went it was always going to be different. In my second season, it was difficult to get in the side even though I was scoring goals. I never really felt a part of it at Tottenham.
"There's no better feeling than to feel wanted by a club and it's quite strange to have that feeling again because it's been the opposite for the last two years."
Latest in Sport
Morgan Schneiderlin to Manchester United: Saints yet to receive 'serious offer' but midfielder could complete move by end of this week
Memphis Depay latest: Manchester United signing turns 'focus' on the season ahead
Sergio Ramos to Manchester United: Real Madrid defender 'wants' Old Trafford switch
Venezuelan TV host gets completely naked while reporting on Copa America win over Colombia
Manchester United transfer news: Javier Hernandez nears exit as Liverpool eye move for striker despite revealing Real Madrid video
- 1 Michael Douglas regrets 'embarrassing' Catherine Zeta-Jones with oral sex comments
- 2 Tunisia hotel attack: Locals form 'human shield' to protect hotel from gunman Seifeddine Rezgui
- 3 Tunisian builder has been hailed a hero after knocking gunman to the ground with roof tiles
- 4 German ethics council calls for incest between siblings to be legalised by Government
- 5 Fifty Shades of Grey author E.L James's Twitter Q&A didn't go exactly as planned
The moment a Queen's Guard soldier lost it and drew his gun at annoying tourist
Greece crisis: The wider lesson is that it’s time to abandon this failed experiment in currencies
'I wish the BBC would stop calling it Islamic State' – David Cameron unleashes frustration at broadcaster
Extend Right To Buy to tenants of private landlords, Labour's Jeremy Corbyn says
David Cameron struck double blow in his hopes to win Britain a new EU deal
Pentagon accuses Russia of 'playing with fire' over nuclear threats towards Nato