‘It’s Never Difficult To Leave Out A Player Who Is Overweight And Lazy’ – Former Derby Boss Paul Clement Responds To Criticism From Darren Bent

Alan Duffy

4th, August 2018


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Reading manager Paul Clement has hit back at Darren Bent after the striker criticised his former boss on Sky Sports.

The 34-year-old Bent dished the dirt on his time at Derby under Clement ahead of the Rams’ Championship clash with Reading, saying:

It was inevitable he was going to crumble (at Derby).

Training had changed and his philosophy from pre-season had gone out the window because we weren’t getting the right results. And ultimately he didn’t really like confrontation.

However, Clement, who was sacked by Derby in February after just eight months in charge, hit back on Twitter, claiming the much-traveled striker had been “overweight and lazy”…


Having made just a handful of appearances under Clement at Derby, mostly as a substitute, Bent was understandably frustrated at his treatment. However, his former boss is in no doubt as to why the striker failed to flourish.

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We love a good spat!

Alas for Clement, his saw his Reading side lose their season opener to Derby, losing 2-1 after being 1-0 up.

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  1. DM Andy says:

    “Having not made a single appearance under Clement at Derby, Bent was understandably frustrated at his treatment.” That’s not true, Bent played 17 times under Clement, albeit 12 of those coming off the subs bench, scoring 2 goals.

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