Aston Villa striker Darren Bent has questioned Paul Lambert's management of the club in the Telegraph, stating that it was impossible to talk to the Scottish boss.
Bent was ostracised under Lambert's regime at Villa and the experienced front-man has said that he had no relationship with his former manager.
The England international striker says that most of the squad wanted Lambert to adopt a more open approach, with many of his decisions going unexplained.
Thankfully for Bent he managed to get out of that environment – taking in regular loan spells, including his current one at Derby County - and the clinical finisher believes that Steve McClaren is the perfect example of how a manager should treat his team members.
“He’s someone you can talk to," Bent said. "At Villa you couldn’t have conversations with Paul Lambert, a lot of the other guys felt the same. You’d go into his office and be twiddling your thumbs, whereas with someone like Steve McClaren you can have a rapport and talk to him. That’s half the battle. He’s given me a chance and deserves to be in the Premier League.”
Bent has been hugely impressive during his loan spell with Derby, scoring seven times in his first 11 games for the Rams.
It has led many Villa supporters to feel that he could still have a future in the Premier League, despite his contract expiring in the summer, and Bent will be pleased to know that if he does return to Villa Park it will be under a new manager's guidance.
The Claret and Blues have parted with Lambert and appointed Tim Sherwood during the time that Bent has spent away from the club, and it seems that the striker will be grateful to have a fresh opportunity to impress if he does agree to a deal extension.