Bent was swiftly confirmed as a permanent signing for new Derby boss Paul Clement following his release from Aston Villa and has described the club’s end to the last campaign as ‘disappointing’.
“Yeah it was disappointing from where we were in the league, we were flying at one stage and about five points clear but in the latter stage of the season it was disappointing, injuries didn’t help us but,” he said.
“This season we’re looking to put that right, we’ve got a new boss, it’s a level playing field and we’re ready to go.”
Derby looked as though they were going to build a lead at the top of the Championship last year, which wouldn’t be clawed back but unfortunately they slipped down the table and eventually outside the top six, which led to Steve McClaren’s sacking as manager.
Hopefully Clement can look back on the past ten months, realise where things went wrong and correct those problems for the return of the Championship this August.
Derby have the infrastructure and support base of a squad ready to step into the Premier League and they deserve credit for tying Bent down on a good deal as soon as he became available.
Clement can use that sense of disappointment from last season, and the season before, to try and motivate the squad.
He can use it to try and ensure that the players don’t want those feelings again and hopefully the next time the Rams top the table, they will be able to stay there.