New Derby County boss Frank Lampard has admitted there will be a lot of attention on how he copes in his first managerial job next season.
The Chelsea legend is starting a new chapter after retiring 18 months ago, replacing Gary Rowett as the Rams boss after he left for Championship rivals Stoke City.
He has brought in former Blues teammate Jody Morris as his assistant.
And, given his illustrious career, Lampard knows that he will be under the spotlight, as will former England teammate Steven Gerrard who is starting out in Scotland with Rangers.
“All eyes will be on us because of the careers we had, but because of the careers we had we are used to that. The expectation and the critique is the norm, and you kind of live off that,” he told 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.”
Lampard was one of the best English players of the past ten years, along with Gerrard, so it’s inevitable they will get a lot of attention.
That will increase the pressure but it’s something the former England international will have dealt with throughout his career so it’s not going to faze him.
His focus now will be on adding to his Derby squad ahead of pre-season.
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