The Football League Paper - - NEIL MELLOR -

DAR­REN Bent’s resur­gence at Derby is an­other ex­am­ple of the ex­cel­lent job Steve McClaren is do­ing at the iPro.

Peo­ple talk about his work with young play­ers like Will Hughes and Jor­dan Ibe, who have both ben­e­fited hugely from the for­mer Eng­land manager’s coach­ing.

But it doesn’t mat­ter whether you’re 21 or 31 – hav­ing a good coach who un­der­stands your strengths and be­lieves in your abil­ity is vi­tal.

Dar­ren had un­doubt­edly lost his way in re­cent years. So had young Tom Ince, an­other player who is flour­ish­ing with the Rams.

But Steve and his coach­ing staff have put the pair of them in a team that cre­ates lots of chances, plays good foot­ball, and now they’re show­ing us ex­actly what they’re about. He’s suc­ceeded where oth­ers failed and that’s why he’s so highly re­garded.

PIC­TURE: Ac­tion Images

RE­JU­VE­NATED: Ex-Eng­land striker Dar­ren Bent cel­e­brates his equaliser for Derby in their 2-2 draw at Bournemouth in mid­week

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