Frank Lampard has equipped himself well to the demands of the Championship with Derby County, according to ex-Rams defender Marc Edworthy.
Derby sit seventh and are one of several sides vying for promotion as they seek to return to the top flight for the first time since 2008. Just six points separate the top seven.
And Derby club ambassador Edworthy, who himself was promoted four times from the division, has been impressed with the way Lampard has tackled the challenge of managing in one of the toughest leagues around.
“I think the transition from playing to management is always very difficult. Plenty have tried and failed but Frank is classy on and off the field,” Edworthy told the Brian Moore Show (weekdays 3pm-7pm).
“He’s come into a very difficult league, the Championship. As the league stands it’s any three from 10 teams who are fighting for those golden tickets to get promotion into the Premier League.
“But he’s done superbly well. He’s brought in some quality players, Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori from Chelsea, he knew a lot about those players and Harry Wilson as we all know from a dead ball situation is in superb form. He’s doing a really good job."
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Much was written about Lampard’s transition to management and the task of managing a club of Derby’s stature with the accompanying expectations that brings.
Not since Roy Keane at Sunderland, after all, has a first-year rookie manager earned promotion from England’s second tier.
But Edworthy is not surprised that Lampard has hit the ground running and credits the 40-year-old’s strong backroom team, which includes former Chelsea teammate Jody Morris, as a factor in helping the Rams get off to a promising start.
“They played together and I think Morris was doing superbly well with the Under-23s at Chelsea so it was a very good appointment,” Edworthy said.
“I think they’ve got the same understanding. What I like about Frank and his backroom staff – Chris Jones has come in as well – that trio have all worked together, all understanding, all singing from the same hymn sheet.
“They’re doing really well so far. But as we know the Championship is so tough. It’s one of the toughest leagues to get out of.”