Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard share advice as managerial careers begin

Peter Crouch still features in the Stoke squad

Peter Crouch still features in the Stoke squad

Frank Lampard is targeting promotion to the Premier League for Derby County in his first season as a manager.

The 40-year-old was appointed as successor to Gary Rowett after he left to join Championship rivals Stoke this summer.

Although Gerrard has already begun his managerial career - Rangers defeated Osijek on aggregate on Thursday to advance to the third qualifying round of the Europa League - Lampard will not oversee a competitive game until Derby visit Reading on Friday.

Former Peterborough United striker Jack Marriott is arguably the most eye-catching signing of Lampard's short time at Pride Park, as he scored 27 goals for the Posh in League One last season, and the 23-year-old will be hoping to make the step up to Championship level, but with Matej Vydra and David Nugent still at the club, at the time of writing, then he will need to play his way into the team.

"The simple is: we want to finish as high as we can, we want to get promoted, because this is a Premier League club".

Lampard promised his team would be hard-working.

"[Derby] was sold to me, and it wasn't a hard sell because of the size of the club". I don't mean attractive tiki-taka football, but I want there to be an energy in the team, where they play and excite the fans.

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"They're both central midfielders who played in good football teams, I think you can see the work they've done with the team, there's a very specific style that they've got".

"After I had worked with him at Chelsea, Frank embarked on his badges and I know last season he did that quite aggressively and he went into Chelsea to get some practice".

But, now, the tide may be turning in the east Midlands as a fresh-faced manager has come to town, and in the shape of Frank Lampard they have a man that has blossomed in the early stages of his tenure at DE24, and he is building a squad that could well be pushing for play-off places once again, with the bookmakers feeling that a journey to Championship glory could be on the cards having slashed the Rams from 16/1 to 12/1 for the second-tier title.

"Two decent sides, two young managers with the desire to do well so really looking forward to it".

"I coached Frank when I was at Chelsea and I've kept in touch with him since those days", he told Sky Sports News. "There is a lot of uncertainty for all the teams - it's such a competitive league and I don't know how anyone can call it", he said.

"Television work is comfortable, there is pressure because you want to do the job as best as you can: but when you've been competitive for a long time as a player you miss it".

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