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Was Niall Quinn right to criticise Aston Villa over the Bent deal?

SUNDERLAND chairman Niall Quinn has gone on record to criticise Aston Villa claiming they set the striker up for a shock move.

Quinn said he sensed something was up after watching the England striker in training.

He told Kildare TV: “I had an inkling. Darren is a terrific guy and he has been great for us.

“He’s done loads of work with us for the club over and beyond just playing football. He’s bubbly and he’s always on great form.

“Two or three weeks ago maybe, I went into the training ground and there was something up with him.

“I looked at his demeanour and I thought, ‘It’s not right’. Having been in the game, you kind of know when someone’s got something going on in their heads.

“It transpired that that’s what had happened. They were setting him up to try and come and he took the bait.

“It’s hugely disappointing for us, but all we could do then was battle hard and, when the transfer request came in, that was probably the final nail.

“We could have tried to stop it. It was really difficult. The only job left to do was get as good a deal as possible for the club and to start finding a replacement and a solution to the problem he’s given us.”