Bent believes in Houllier

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Aston Villa striker Darren Bent is backing manager Gerard Houllier to turn the club's fortunes around and steer them away from the relegation zone.

The French manager has been under pressure after winning just six league games since taking over in September which led to large protests from supporters before Villa's 1-0 defeat to Wolves on Saturday.

And despite being just a point above the relegation zone in the Barclays Premier League, Houllier's leading striker, Bent, believes he's still the man for the job.

“We all believe in the manager and we are still fighting for him and I’m hopeful we’ll get out of it very soon,” he said.

“We need to stick together – the players and the staff – and we will fight for one another now and try and get out of it.


“We know what we need to do because, of course, we are in relegation trouble.

“We let ourselves down against Wolves and we know it is a big blow and that we are really in a fight now.

“But we are still fighting and working as hard as we possibly can and I’m sure we will get out of it.”

Since his £18 million signing from Sunderland in the January transfer window, the England striker has struck just three times for his new club as Villa have slipped into the relegation mire during the middle third of the season.

However, with eight league games remaining, Villa face four of the teams in and around them in the bottom echelons of the Barclays Premier League, with games against Newcastle United, West Ham United, West Bromwich Albion and Wigan Athletic to come.

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