The 31-year-old, who signed a permanent two-year deal with Derby on Monday, was happy to be back at the iPro Stadium but conceded that he was disappointed to see McClaren leave.
‘’It was sad to Steve go,’’ said Bent. ‘’He was the one that brought me to the club in the first place.
‘’He’s a fantastic coach as well as a manager and I wish him all the best.’’
The forward, who has netted an outstanding 106 Premier League goals during his career, added: ‘’Paul’s come in now and I’m sure he’ll do the business.
‘’He’s been at top, top jobs and coached some of the best players in the world. I’m sure he’s the right man for the job.’’
Have Newcastle made the right decision appointing McClaren?
Bent’s comments, like Craig Forsyth’s at the weekend, point towards McClaren being a hugely respected coach and manager by the players who have worked under him.
He was sacked from his job at Derby for finishing in eighth, but can still boast a win percentage higher than Brian Clough in his time at the Rams, with 54.26 percent.
The job at Newcastle will come with different pressures than he had at Derby, however, given time he has a good chance at becoming a success.
McClaren is first and foremost a coach. In his role as head coach, he will be left to do what he does best and will hopefully get the chance to prove some critics wrong.
If he’s allowed to coach the team in his own way, which includes having people around him that he can trust, then it wouldn’t be a surprise for Newcastle supporters to see the abilities that helped him mastermind FC Twente’s first Eredivisie title in their history.