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Lampard gets 1st managerial job at 2nd-division club Derby

Lampard gets 1st managerial job at 2nd-division club Derby

News 31 May 2018, 23:03 IST
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DERBY, England (AP) — Frank Lampard wants to be at the forefront of a new breed of young British managers after taking charge of second-tier Derby County on Thursday for his first coaching role.

The appointment of Lampard comes weeks after Steven Gerrard, his former England teammate, took on his first senior managerial role when he was hired by Scottish club Rangers.

In recent seasons, clubs in the English Premier League have often turned to experienced British managers — such as Roy Hodgson, Sam Allardyce, David Moyes and Alan Pardew — with varying degrees of success.

"I'm excited to be of a generation of young managers," the 39-year-old Lampard said after being presented at Derby, whose bid for promotion to the Premier League this season ended when it lost in the second-tier playoffs to Fulham. "I think in England and Britain, we have possibly been behind in the modern day.

"I think we have seen it in Germany and Spain possibly ahead of us, but from my own point of view — and I think this is probably a general rule — we have worked under a lot of different styles of managers and that should only help you gain knowledge. The merry-go-round of older managers aren't going anywhere, either. I don't think we should fight against them, you need to just prove yourself capable."

Lampard, who has signed a three-year contract, worked under managers such as Claudio Ranieri, Jose Mourinho, Carlo Ancelotti, Luiz Felipe Scolari, Guus Hiddink and Manuel Pellegrini during a playing career that ended last year.

"I'm not a clone of any one manager I had," Lampard said. "I'll make my own judgments. I'll be open.

"I'm a young manager, freshly retired. I know the needs of the dressing room and I'll open up that relationship quickly. It's a blank canvas. I'm a hard worker and I'll bring that here."

In his time at Chelsea from 2001-14, Lampard became the club's record scorer with 211 goals, made 649 appearances and was the heartbeat of teams that won three Premier League titles, four FA Cups and the Champions League in 2012.

Lampard started out at West Ham before finishing his career with short stints at Manchester City and then New York City FC in Major League Soccer. He has since worked as a pundit on British TV.

"You can't take away the love that we have for wanting to succeed," he said. "I've had 18 months away, which has been great for me, but I still had the desire to manage, to work at the cut-throat end, which has been there since I can remember. I missed that."

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