Frank Lampard is just starting out as a manager this season, of course, and has enjoyed a pretty solid opening with his Derby County side.
The Rams have won three and lost two so far in the Championship and lie sixth in the table – a spot they’ll be wanting to only improve upon as the campaign continues.
For UEFA Pro Licence holder and former Rams U16 and Academy coach Kevin Nicholson, too, it’s been a good start for the former Chelsea midfielder:
“He’s made a solid start, three wins out of five in the league.
“Obviously going into a club as a new manager you want to make a good start but you are aware you can’t win every game and in the Championship he’ll be well aware that every game is difficult.
“If you’re off your game you’re at a risk of getting beat but Derby have shown that they have the ability and squad to win more games than they lose in the Championship again this season and it’ll be interesting to see if they can once again challenge for the top six.
“He will still be learning about his players every single day in training and during the matches. This provides crucial information for a first-time manager. He has already said that the pre-season camp they had in Spain was valuable in getting to know the players. This resulted in him giving playing time in the pre-season games to young players such as Bennett, Bird, Lowe and Sibley – youngsters who I was fortunate to work with in the Rams Academy.
“These were all given a chance to impress alongside other young players such as Bogle and he has bought into Mel Morris’ vision of building a successful and sustainable club.
“He has proved in his short time in charge that he is willing and brave enough to give young players an opportunity to play and progress, which is great to see.
“He will also be learning about the consuming nature of every aspect involved in modern football management. This includes developing a strong connection and relationship with the fans, media and the local community.
“He’s made a good start and I hope he does really well.
“Like for every club and manager, there will be ups and downs, but it will be fascinating to see how the young players, Frank Lampard and the club develop over the course of the season.”