Derby boss Frank Lampard believes that both he and Steven Gerrard are in “similar boats” after taking their first steps in management this summer – and insists he has “no doubt” Gerrard will be “giving it everything” at Ibrox.
Lampard succeeded Gary Rowett as Derby boss while Gerrard took over at Rangers – and Chelsea icon Lampard admits “you kind of live off” the expectations and critique that come with taking over at a big club.
“The expectation and the critique is the norm, and you kind of live off that,” Lampard said, as quoted by the Derby Telegraph.
“We are both hungry, we are both in similar boats. It is our first jobs in big clubs with big fanbases. I know I am going to give everything, and I have no doubt Steven will be giving it everything.”
Football Insider verdict:
Both Gerrard and Lampard are taking a big leap into the dark as they enter management but both of them have a grat chance of being a success. Neither will shirk the expectations that come with their respective clubs and it will be fascinating to see how both progress in management. Lampard faces an easier task at Derby – or at least lower expectations – than Gerrard does at Ibrox. Gerrard has already made a big impression on Rangers fans and talks a good game so far. With only a matter of weeks until the Light Blues first competitive game, Gerrard will need to make sure his side are well-prepared and can avoid a repeat of last year’s European humiliation at the hands of Progres Niederkorn. Both Gerrard and Lampard will now be champing at the bit to get going and get their first taste of action from the dugout as a manager.
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