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Bent: Villa need stability

Aston Villa striker Darren Bent has called for the club to appoint a manager for the long-haul and bring some stability to the club.

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Bent, 28, has already seen the departure of two managers in his 15 months at Villa and hopes that the club can find someone to take the side forward for the next few years.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is the man rumoured to be closest to the job, after Alex McLeish was sacked following a disappointing season for the Villains.

"There's lots of clubs where the manager's been in charge for a while and you watch the club grow," Bent told the Birmingham Mail.

"Villa under Martin O'Neill, back in the day, finished sixth three years in a row and were on the up before whatever happened, happened. A new manager will bring stability to Aston Villa so that the club can move forward and grow.

"It's exciting. We have no idea who it will be but whoever it is I am sure they'll come in, do a good job, take that passion for Villa and take us where we belong. There are good players and with one or two additions that the manager will have in mind I'm sure we will have a better season than the last."

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