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Hughes Backing Bentley

Hughes Backing Bentley

Blackburn Rovers Manager Mark Hughes has added his voice to the debate on David Bentley's withdrawal from the England European Under-21 Championships.

Stuart Pearce is not very happy (to put it mildly!) at Bentley's withdrawal (click here to see what he said) but Hughes is backing the decision.

Sparky told the official Blackburn Rovers website (brace yourself as there are no breaks in this statement!):

"David has told me he is exhausted and I completely understand.

"Although he takes representing his country very seriously indeed, David has barely had time to catch breath over the past 10 months and he clearly needs a rest.

"Having spoken to him and heard how tired he feels, I don't think he would do himself justice by taking part in the trip. If England were to reach the final of the competition it would mean David having just six days holiday between the two seasons and that would be an unsatisfactory situation for everyone involved.

"He is very keen to make progress on the England senior scene and he does not want to compromise his chances for next season by failing to take the necessary break now.

"I have spoken with Steve McClaren and Stuart Pearce on the issue and they know my views.

"Having managed Wales for five years and then spent close on three seasons with Rovers, I appreciate the various dilemmas surrounding club and country issues.

"Not once in my tenure at Ewood Park have I refused a player or a manager the opportunity to figure on the international stage, despite losing some key players to games in mid-season in places as far away as Australia and South America. Indeed, Brett Emerton will miss the whole of pre-season due to his involvement with Australia.

"I know we also have Matt Derbyshire in the England under 21 squad for the forthcoming trip, but Matt's case is totally different to David in terms of full games clocked up over the past season or so.

"The bottom line is that David requires some much-needed rest time in order to recover from the rigours and demands of what has been a demanding schedule.

"It is in his interests to get himself re-charged and we look forward to welcoming him back fully refreshed and ready for what is a very important pre-season for us, including a crucial Intertoto Cup fixture next month which is our passage into the UEFA Cup.

"It is important that common sense prevails, for the sake of England, Blackburn Rovers and, most importantly, David Bentley himself

The fact that Sparky has already spoken out about his disapproval of Bentley being a part of this tournament (before Bents was even selected) is not really going to go in his or Rovers' favour, especially as Pearce has said Sparky asked for Bents to be withdrawn before the player withdrew himself.


Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Date:Saturday June 9 2007
Time: 12:32AM


Obviously Sparky has to look out for his Rovers players first and foremost but I do worry about the fall out over this. How would Sparky have viewed something like this had he been in Pearce's shoes?!?!
Hughes Da Man
09/06/2007 00:34:00
If someone knows how to deal with it, its sparky. He coacehed international and club, he knows the contrasting dilemmas. Sometimes, international coaches dont think about their players. if beintly playd in the competition, his form next season will not be anywhere near the level he reached this year, hence he wont even get a chance for the first team
09/06/2007 00:42:00
Who is beintly sasman lol! But would Bents have pulled out if it were the senior squad?!?!
Hughes Da Man
09/06/2007 00:49:00
There is nothing wrong with him not wanting to play in the tourney but he should of spoken up before the 23 man roster was annouced. And i do think this is a major blow to his future england career. I can understand his apprehensiveness of playing to much, as i have seen the effect this year with TH14 tired out, but he should not of hurt his team the way he did by pulling out the day before the plane leaves.
09/06/2007 01:47:00
It was poor timing I agree Gunner but if hes tired, hes tired end of story. If this hurts his international career then its their loss if that pettyness and small mindedness gets in the way of selecting a talent to play for England, after all, its been like that for years!
09/06/2007 08:10:00
gunnerkid107 - Agreed, the lateness of the withdrawal is pretty poor and I too agree the consequences to his future England career could be negative as a result (hopefully for our (England's) sake not!) As you say you've seen first hand how things have got to Henry, but he has been playing virtually week in week out for X amount of years so, Bents has had one full season! I'm not getting at Bents (as what is best for Rovers is ultimately the most important thing) and he has put in SOOO much this season so it is little wonder he if ****ed, but he MUST have felt like this a few weeks ago, so could he not have said so then?!?!
Hughes Da Man
09/06/2007 10:01:00
BomBom - Small mindedness and "who you play for" rather than "how well you are playing" has got in the way of players playing for England for years, totally agree but refusing to play for your country so late on before a tournament is not really on is it?!?! Like I say fair enough the guy is ****ed, we know EXACTLY why he would be as he has put sooo, sooo much in this season, but should he have not spoken up sooner? Withdrawing so late on off the back of not one but two "snubs" for the senior side just days before COULD be viewed as fishy and could cast doubts over his temperiment/commitment? Although on the other hand (again as I have said previously?) maybe Stevie Mac knew the score with Bents, hence the reasons WHY he didn't play a part in either of the England games?!?!
Hughes Da Man
09/06/2007 10:06:00
I agree that Bentley should of puled out prior to the match and this will bring his rep into question again but the reasons he did it for are sound and Pearce IS overreacting.
09/06/2007 12:11:00
Off topic.. .let us all join in our laughter that brum have been linked with a £6mil swoop for mido!
09/06/2007 13:46:00
also in breaking bbc news bents replied to pearce.. sounds fair enough to me, seems the other england players dissuaded him as much as anything else!
09/06/2007 13:50:00
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