Frank Lampard: Chelsea legend has brought ‘the bounce’ back to Derby County as they dream of Premier League return

Championship leaders Leeds take on fellow promotion chasers Derby County on Friday evening.

Jim Proudfoot will be on commentary duty alongside former Whites boss Simon Grayson for the Championship clash,which is LIVE on talkSPORT 2.

Ahead of the game at Elland Road, talkSPORT takes a look at the impact Frank Lampard has made at the Rams to date…

“I’m certainly not scared to get my hands dirty slightly lower down because that’s the reality of it, you have to prove yourself.”

Frank Lampard, who was speaking exclusively to talkSPORTlast March, was certainly true to his word.

When Derby came calling for his services back in May, the Chelsea legend, who enjoyed a trophy-laden 21-year professional career, had no hesitations in taking the job.

Frank Lampard is relishing life as manager of Derby County
Lampard had an exemplary work ethic as a player – and that has transferred on to him as a manager

On paper it looked a big risk for Lampard, who had not held an official coaching role at any level up until that point after hanging up his boots in February 2017.

Lampard, a quiet and unassuming character, was also Derby’s seventh appointment in just over three years.

Former Rams boss Gary Rowett left Rams fans furious when he ditched the Championship club to take over at Stoke City in the summer.

Speculation over his wage budget being slashed resulted in Rowett walking out on Derby, having led them to the play-offs last season.

Therefore, getting the feel-good factor back among the fans was a matter of priority for Lampard.

Rowett is now out of work after a nigh on £40m spending spree at the Potters didn’t go as expected, while Lampard continues to go about his business quietly.

Lampard remains a club icon among Chelsea fans

Under the 40-year-old’s stewardship, the Rams have made more money from player sales than they have in investing in the squad.

To this day he is still idolised by the Chelsea faithful, and has already built up a good rapport with Rams fans – who haven’t had much to shout about in recent years.

He regularly does ‘the bounce’ with them after games, mainly wins, on the pitch.

After Derby’s shock win at Manchester United in the Carabao Cup in September, Lampard, along with his players, strolled over to the 3,000 travelling faithful and orchestrated the bounce celebration, much to the delight of the away end.

It’s those little things that count at the end of the day.

He truly recognises the importance of the supporters and the role they can play.

“Lampard, start the bounce…”



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