Hungry boss required - Bent
Darren Bent has called on Aston Villa to appoint a new manager who can help the club grow into a top-six chasing outfit once again.
Villa's record transfer signing has endured a disappointing season on a personal note after being ruled out for the last two and a half months with a severe ankle problem, which also cost him a place in England's Euro 2012 squad.
Bent was a frustrated observer as Alex McLeish's ill-fated 12-month reign ended after Villa scraped to Premier League survival, after a disastrous run of form during the run-in.
Villa are now looking to bring in a new man quickly with former Manchester United striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the running along with Chelsea's Champions League winning interim coach Roberto di Matteo should he not be kept on at Stamford Bridge.
Whoever is handed the job, Bent wants the new man to build a settled squad of players capable of emulating Martin O'Neill's successful spell at the helm before his departure in August 2010.
He told the Birmingham Mail: "There's lots of clubs where the manager's been in charge for a while and you watch the club grow.
"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.
"Whoever gets the job I am sure will understand the passion of the club and what that means to the fans.
"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."