Former England international David Bentley has stated that he is retiring from football at the age of 29. Bentley, who has seven England caps to his name, was last seen on the books of Spurs almost a year ago. He has been on the free transfer market for the last 12 months but he has failed to find a new club. This coupled with his lack of love for the game has led to the retirement. Bentley did not suffer any major injury problems during his career. This comes as a shock to many given that Bentley was once spoken of as the next David Beckham.
He moved to Tottenham in 2008 for £ 15 million, but his career went downhill immediately after joining the North London outfit. After failing to establish himself in the tournament first-team, he moved to several clubs like Birmingham and West Ham on loan deal from the club. He has made just over 250 matches in his career, but the last few years have been very difficult for him. Bentley came through the ranks at Arsenal before moving onto Blackburn where he made his name. He moved to Blackburn in 2006 and played for them in more than 100 matches before coming to North London.
"I've given up football. It's over a year since I played my last game and I've taken the decision to take my life in a different direction. I felt like it was time to call it a day. I've just had little baby twins, three months old, and I've got a little four-year-old and I want to focus on that. My love for the game went a little bit and I didn't want to carry on just for the fact of paying me money. It's not really ever been an option for me to do that. I'm involved in a restaurant in Spain and we're bringing it to the UK, so there is a lot of work there,” said Bentley.
Former Tottenham midfielder David Bentley has revealed in an interview for the first time that he does not enjoy football anymore. Bentley has been out of the game for almost 12 months after being released by Tottenham last summer. However, he has not joined any other club despite being available on a free transfer. Speaking for the first time about his career, the former Blackburn Rovers midfielder says that he has lost his love for the game and is most likely not going to play again.
Bentley was once a £ 15 million transfer from Blackburn to Tottenham. However, his career soon went downhill after joining the London outfit. Prior to that, he was considered as one of the most important players in the under 21 setup for the England national team. In fact, he scored the first ever goal at the new Wembley. Former under 21 manager Stuart Pearce revealed a few months ago that he would have signed Bentley the first week if he had joined Nottingham Forest. Bentley has revealed that he has been taking care of his businesses in Spain and not playing football during the last 12 months.
The revelation is unlikely to endear him to prospective clubs, would have been hoping to sign him in the summer.
"I've had a bad time of it. Each year and each stage of my career it got worse both things on and off the pitch. I decided to take three months off, then it became six, then nine. I've enjoyed being away from the game and just watching it. It's strange for me because when I was younger it was only thing I ever wanted to do. Slowly the game became repetitive and I'm not interested in that, I want to enjoy myself,” said Bentley in a talk show.
Tottenham Hotspur is going through a similar situation as Manchester United, with both Premier League club’s having experimenting a change in their managerial roles.
Tottenham Hotspur will be changing the interim manager Tim Sherwood while United has already sacked David Moyes but neither of the English sides has officially appointed the person who will be guiding their respective squads through the upcoming seasons.
Tim Sherwood has done a great job during his time in charge of the Tottenham squad but the club is already looking around for a new person who can coach the team and the name that is being heavily linked lately has been Frank De Boer.
Frank De Boer recently lifted his 4th consecutive Eredivisie trophy with Ajax as his team won their league and the Dutchman has admitted on being intrigued with the chance to coach Tottenham Hotspur and he will think about it in the next few days.
"Tottenham is just looking at which managers are in their league, they still have to decide which coach they will go for. It's nice to see that Davy Klaassen and Joel Veltman urged me to stay at Ajax. Of course this is important for my choice. At some point I will compare a club to what I have at Ajax. I don't want to throw this away and it really has to fit. These kind of details are very important’’.
"I want to add something to a club and build something. I will think about this possibility. I will have talks and will listen to their offer. After that I will decide on how I feel." Frank De Boer stated.
Having enjoyed such an impressive string of seasons with Ajax, the staff members of Tottenham Hotspur are hopeful that the Dutch coach can do the same in the Premier League and are attempting to lure him into White Hart Lane.
The last time that Tottenham managed on securing any kind of silverware was back in 2008 when the Premier League club secured the League Cup but since then, they have failed on getting anymore trophies.
Juande Ramos was the last coach which managed on guiding the London based club to European glory and he is now in charge of Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk but still offers his insight about the club he used to be in charge of and he expressed his joy about being the last manager which has been able to lift a trophy with Tottenham.
"It is a satisfaction and joy to be the last coach who won a title, the last trophy won by Tottenham but I think it will not be long before they win another one because each year they invest more and have a big budget, they are spending a lot of money on players. They are changing the things that are not working and I believe it will not be long until they win another title. But that is the reality after I left they have not won anything’’. Former Tottenham manager Juande Ramos revealed.
Gylfi Sigurðsson joined Tottenham in the summer of 2012 as he rejected offers from Liverpool and despite not having such a successful campaign compared to the team of Brendan Rodgers, the 24 years old midfielder does not regret joining Tottenham.
"People have asked me that, but at the time I was really happy to come to Tottenham, and I still am. I'm really enjoying it. It's a fantastic club and in the last couple of seasons we've shown the ambition to become better. Hopefully in the next couple of years it will be really good." Gylfi revealed.
Liverpool are making a title charge in this season with Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge being the main attacking powerhouses for the team and are fighting for the Premier League title along with Chelsea and Manchester City while Tottenham is struggling just to secure a Champions League spot but Gylfi still is happy and does not regret the club.
Juande Ramos the former Tottenham Hotspur boss has openly admitted that he could not get along with David Bentley when he was their coach at White Hart Lane. Ramos had his moments when he was the Spurs boss and feels that his relation with Bentley was not really good from the beginning itself.
He is now the manager of Dnipro where he is doing quite well and in a recent interview he expressed his feelings when he was a coach of Spurs. He said to Daily Mail that he had an excellent relation with all the players and the staff but he was never really happy with David Bentley.
Bentley’s agent had some acquaintance with Levy and there were reasons why Bentley did not get an opportunity in the first team and one of the main reasons was because they had Aaron Lennon then. Since, he was not given the opportunity to play the agent started to dish out bad things about the manager which was not at all tolerated by the club.
Ramos also blamed Bentley for starting this dirty game for which their relationship could last no longer. He also said that Bentley was unable to understand his decisions and always disagreed with him on each and everything. Ramos in his time gave enough opportunities to Bentley but he was just not up for it. According to Ramos Bentley was just not hungry in the time which was given to him while on the other hand Lenon was doing remarkably well for the team.
The decision was simple but Bentley could not take it easily. Bentley was deemed as the new David Beckham when he was signed by Tottenham Hotspur for £15million but he soon went off his radar and became a controversial figure in football due to which he finds it hard to stay at any club for a long period of time.
Reading striker Jason Roberts has said that Sam Allardyce is the right man for the job at West Ham. The future of the former Blackburn and Newcastle United manager has come under intense speculation after his West Ham team have been going through a very bad spell.
The team has conceded numerous goals in recent matches against Nottingham Forest and Manchester City. The numerous injury problems faced by West Ham have certainly not helped the case. As a result, the club has slipped into the relegation zone just into the New Year.
Roberts is someone who knows Allardyce well after having played with him at Blackburn from 2008 to 2010. He says that Allardyce has enough experience to turn the situation around. The club have a difficult trip to Cardiff city, who are also in a relegation fight. After being patient with Allardyce from the start of the season, fans recently turned against him by chanting for him to go during the 6-0 thrashing at the hands of City. Allardyce will have the chance to field Andy Carroll, who was the club's major signing in the summer for £15 million, very shortly, as he has returned from a long-term injury.
The club has won the three matches since the start of this season.
"If the board and the fans stay supportive, I think he will turn it around. If West Ham had another manager and found themselves in this situation, people would say you need an Allardyce-type manager to come in. Some people might say that he has got them into this position but I would point them to the injuries he has had defensively and with Andy Carroll. One of the main things he does when things are tough is to try and simplify things," said Roberts, who has been at Reading since 2012.
Tottenham’s under fire coach Andre Villas-Boas has been the target of criticism after they got thrashed with shocking 6-0 defeat against Manchester City. Much of that critic arrived from the former chairman of Tottenham Alan Sugar who sold the club some years ago.
When asked about the recent criticism he received from supporters as they booed his substitution of Aaron Lennon and about Alan Sugar.
Villas-Boas said: “It is their [the fans’] team, their passion and they don't trade it for anything else, not like Alan Sugar who trades it for money.”
Alan Sugar bashed at Villas-Boas tactics and said that he would like Sir.Alex Ferguson to be in charge of the club, in a radio interview this past week.
Sugar said that he “did not understand” Villas-Boas’ tactics and that he hoped his “good friend” Ferguson could be tempted back into management by Spurs.
The MLS side Toronto has been linked with Jermain Defoe and now reports are emerging suggesting the 31 years old forward that the transfer will be announced later in this month which is expected to be done when the transfer window opens in January.
Jermain Defoe’s season has taken a blow as he is being used as a substitute player behind the Spanish forward Roberto Soldado who seems to be the preferred option for Villas-Boas. Adebayor is also expected to make his move away from Tottenham in January so there is little doubt that the Premier League team is going to be active in the next transfer window trying to find fresh legs and someone that can form a good enough partnership that can help them make a title charge.
Villas-Boas defended his current situation with Tottenham by stating how he had reached the League Cup quarter-finals and the last 32 of the Europa League.
Former Blackburn and Tottenham winger David Bentley is struggling to find a new club after his release from Tottenham in the summer. The player has been without a new club for a few months, which is strange considering that he has represented England at international level and he is just 29 years old.
He has recently been linked with a move to Leeds United, but manager Brian McDermott has ruled out the possibility of Bentley joining the club. He has stated that just because the player is available on a free transfer does not mean that they will sign him.
McDermott has said that Leeds have enough players in that position to be able to not worry about it for the rest of the season. He has said that the likes of Ross McCormack and El-Hadji Diouf are more than capable of handling the duties in a wide position. Leeds will be preparing for the match against Newcastle in the League cup. Ahead of the encounter, McDermott will be keen to rediscover the goalscoring form within the team. This has been a major issue since the start of the season. Leeds have made a poor start to the season given their objectives.
They are only 14th in the table after having had only four victories since the start of the season.
'I think David Bentley is a good player, but they're here and in that mould and the last thing you want to do is stockpile players in the same position. That isn't right. If I'm going to bring a player in it has to be one who can make a difference to us, there's no point in signing a player for signing's sake. We're always looking to improve the squad, but I never mention names. It's just complete speculation,' said McDermott.
David Bentley is a professional footballer from England who is currently unattached, having played for a number of clubs throughout his professional career, including Blackburn Rovers and Tottenham Hotspur.
Born in 1984, Bentley is adept at playing at right wing but is also comfortable at the centre of the park as well as the second striker and at one point, was being considered as the successor to David Beckham in the England national team. He began his youth career with North London giants Arsenal as a 13 year old in 1997 playing through to 2002, but he made just one Premier League appearance for the senior side before being farmed out to Blackburn Rovers in 2006, where he had spent a season on loan from Arsenal the previous season.
David Bentley got off to a flying start since he made his permanent move to the Lancashire club, scoring a hat-trick in a 4-3 upset of Manchester United and he became one of the standout performers for the club as they finished the season in mid-table. He spent three glorious seasons at the club and was a regular goal scorer for the club, playing behind the lone striker and it was during this time that he was called up to senior national side, making seven appearances for the Three Lions in a year.
In 2008, Tottenham Hotspur paid a whopping £ 15 million fee for the player with £ 2 million to be paid later as performance oriented bonuses. However, his spell at North London proved disastrous and he was quickly farmed out on loan to various clubs and returned to Rovers in 2013. However, he failed to nail down a spot in any side and in 2013, David Bentley was released from his contract by Spurs, who paid him off to terminate his contract.
David Bentley has said that he doesn’t mind being disliked and abused by the opposition supporters.
While playing for Blackburn Rovers in the match against Millwall FC on Sunday, Bentley was abused by some Millwall fans. But, he didn’t get upset by that.
Talking to the reporters after the match, Bentley said, “I don’t mind these things. You can expect these things to happen when you are not playing on your home ground and I don’t think it’s bad.”
“The supporters should be completely involved in the match. They are not given free entry in grounds. They pay to watch matches. So, they shouldn’t be stopped from doing these kinds of things. If the abuse is not racial, it’s alright.”
“This is not the first time that I have been abused by the opposition supporters. I have gone through this on quite a few grounds and it’s something which doesn’t disturb me at all.”
“Here, it was a little bit more exciting. The crowd kept abusing me throughout the match. They didn’t stop for a moment.”
Blackburn and Millwall will again face each other after two days at Ewood Park. The winner of that match will play against Wigan Athletic in final 4 of the FA Cup. That match will be played at Wembley.
When asked about that, Bentley said, “We are not in the semi finals. So, we shouldn’t be thinking about the semi final match at the moment. We need to win the quarterfinal return leg first and our focus should be on that match.”
“Millwall is not an easy team to beat. They fought hard today and they will do the same on Wednesday as well. That will be an exciting game for sure. Hopefully, we will win.”