Bent was left praising a number of qualities in his manager, as he continues a fine start to life at the Championship club.
“You talk to the other loan guys and they all say the same thing – the way he talks about the club is really positive,” said Bent.
“He’s explained what he’s trying to do and what he wants to achieve – he’s always there.”
McClaren’s experience will be vital over the next few months as Derby try and fight their way into the Premier League.
The Rams are well placed alongside Bournemouth, who they drew against earlier this week, and Middlesbrough, who have nudged their way to the top of the Championship table.
It’s encouraging that McClaren is taking such an active role in talking to new players, making them feel important, and that bodes well for the summer.
If Derby are able to get promoted, McClaren will have a busy transfer window in terms of improving the side and preparing them for the challenge of Premier League football.
He’ll have to take an active role in terms of negotiations because there will be two other new teams in the Premier League, who may be after the same players.
If he continues to show a caring touch, there’s no reason why Derby can’t attract some superb players in the summer, even if they suffer the heartbreak of being confined to another year in the Championship.