Darren Bent: This is how Derby's squad feels about Paul Clement

Derby County striker Darren Bent has described how the current Rams squad feel about working with new manager Paul Clement.

Derby County striker Darren Bent has told the club’s website that the players can’t wait to get cracking under new manager Paul Clement.

The ex-Real Madrid assistant was recently confirmed as the man coming in to replace Steve McClaren, with Bent one of his first signings following the forward’s release from Aston Villa.

Bent is now looking forward to working with Clement, along with the rest of the squad, as the Rams look to get off to a good start when the next Championship campaign gets underway.

“He has had some top, top jobs and coached some of the best players in the world,” he said.

“I know the lads can’t wait to work with him and play for him as well; it’s exciting.”

Clement is going to be under instant pressure in his new role because he has to justify the risk, which has been taken with him.

Derby is a massive football club and they could have got some very experienced coaches in doing the top job, but they took a punt on someone with an exciting CV, but no experience as a manager in complete control of a side.

Bent will be one of the more senior players performing under Clement next season and it’s encouraging that he doesn’t see that lack of experience as an issue, because Clement has coached some of the best players in the world.

He knows how to man manage players and he’ll have a good idea over how to handle the bigger egos in the team to ensure everyone stays grounded and focused on driving towards promotion into the Premier League.

It will be interesting to see the sort of football he wants Derby to play when pre-season kicks in.

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