Date: 28th November 2012 at 10:53am
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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


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