Derby are in the mix for a play-off place and potential promotion into the Premier League this season and it will be interesting to see whether McClaren can repair things after a difficult run of form ended with victory against Wigan yesterday.
“You get good managers and good coaches, but for me in my career, you very rarely get both and that’s what he is,” said Bent.
“He works on the whole shape, the team ethic and the way we’re going to setup – as a tactician he’s fantastic and he sets us up in the right way to go and win games. He’s never negative and is always positive.”
McClaren has the experience of having handled big squads, egos and a variety of players, which means he’s become a very good judge of when to approach any player as a man manager or a coach.
Derby have suffered some poor results in recent weeks, but McClaren has kept the side going and has kept everyone focused on maintaining a good position for the club and give the team a chance of going up.
Hopefully with Bent and his Derby teammate Chris Martin both now back to fitness and back to goalscoring form, the side can cash in over the rest of the campaign and put the pressure back on the teams around them.
The Rams will want to avoid the play-offs because of the heartbreak they suffered in the final last season and when things get tense, McClaren will need to step in and show every bit of the experience he’s accumulated.