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 Posted by ESPN Staff
Oct 12, 2008

Bent backs under-fire Comolli after Spurs slump

Tottenham striker Darren Bent has voiced his support for Damien Comolli, at the start of a week when the club's sporting director is again set to come under scrutiny.

Chairman Daniel Levy has been scheduled to meet the Spurs' Supporters Trust on Wednesday - when Comolli's role will be one topic to be discussed following Tottenham's worst start to a season since 1912.

Head coach Juande Ramos has also been in the spotlight. But Comolli, who scouts and signs players for the Spaniard to work with, has appeared under pressure with Spurs at the bottom of the Barclays Premier League.

Bent has scored three goals this season but is one of the players bought before the start of the last campaign that have failed to make a significant impact - along with Kevin-Prince Boateng and Younes Kaboul, the latter already sold to Portsmouth.

Ramos was also left with a lack of strikers following a summer in which Spurs lost Dimitar Berbatov and Robbie Keane, with Jermain Defoe sold in January.

Bent said of Comolli: "He's always around the place. He's a fantastic guy and one of the main reasons I came to Tottenham.

"There is no problem at the club with him whatsoever. He's been good; he is always helping the players - and that is what the players need.''

Levy is also expected to explain to the Spurs Supporters' Trust the merits of the director-of-football system - with his club the only one in the Premier League to use the structure, following Reading's relegation.

Former Spurs boss David Pleat has claimed Comolli's predecessor Frank Arnesen was responsible for signing a "host of mediocre players'', before moving to Chelsea.

Comolli's transfer record has also been widely criticised, and former manager Martin Jol said before his departure a year ago that Berbatov was always on his own radar rather than on his scouts'.

While Spurs' struggles continue, Jol is top of the Bundesliga with Hamburg.

"Your loss is our gain,'' said Germany great Franz Beckenbauer in the News of the World.

"It's another huge victory for German football over English.''

Bent is determined to help turn Spurs' season around.

No Tottenham players were in England's match day squad of 18 for yesterday's World Cup qualifying win against Kazakhstan.

It means Bent has been bumping into fans rather than being on international duty.

"Tottenham fans seem to be everywhere!'' he said, speaking at an EA Sports event with the NBA.

"Wherever I go they seem to be coming out of the woodwork, asking what is going on. Sometimes it just happens - you can't put your finger on it.

"It's not like the lads are not trying or not giving 100%. We all are, but sometimes it just happens. The fans are behind us, and we know we can get out of it.''

Bent has revealed Ramos has been keeping calm in preparation for a massive six league games for the club - they face Stoke, Bolton, Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester City and Fulham.

"Juande has been the same,'' he said.

"He was the same when we won the Carling Cup last season and he is the same now. He just tells us to stay positive, and we've got good enough players to get out of it. We believe that too.''

Bent expects the club to recruit another striker in January.

"You don't have to be a genius to see we only have three strikers,'' he said.

"One's quite young, and another is injured - so you're going to be short.

"You always need an array of strikers. Whoever Ramos wants to bring in will make the competition better. It will make everyone sharper and want to play better.''

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