Bruce: Sunderland will survive Bent departure

21 January 2011 01:30
Sunderland boss Steve Bruce has promised there will be life on Wearside after Darren Bent. The 50-year-old was stunned, angered and disappointed to lose the man he had seen as a central pillar in his blueprint for lasting success to Aston Villa this week, despite raking in £24million for him just 18 months after laying out an initial £10m to secure his services. Bruce and chairman Niall Quinn have had their say over the manner of the former Tottenham man's defection and the race is on to, if not replace him, find short-term reinforcements to plug the gap he left before addressing the situation in more measured fashion during the summer. However, whatever happens on that front over the next 10 days and beyond, Bruce is adamant that one man did not and never will make his team. He said: "Make no mistake, any club is bigger than one individual and the club will always - always - march on, and that's my determination. "Yes, we have had a setback and it's probably our first one in the 20 months I have been here, but we will need to be bigger and stronger. Certainly with the money it has generated, it gives me a chance to improve the squad in the long term. But we will have to be a little bit patient for that."

Source: PA

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