Frank Lampard Reflects on Sir Alex Ferguson's Advice to Him
The manager of Everton Football Club, Frank Lampard has reflected on his career as a manager since he began at Derby County.
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Lampard was speaking in an interview which was reported by Mirror Football ahead of Everton's game against Liverpool on Saturday, September 3rd, 2022. This will be the first of many Merseyside derbies that he will take charge of as long as he is the manager of Everton.
The former Chelsea player and manager was speaking about the advice he got from Real Madrid coach, Carlo Ancelotti and former Manchester United manager, Sir Alex Ferguson.
I spoke with Walter Smith before he passed away after I left Chelsea. He gave me some fantastic advice, and so did Carlo Ancelotti at one point and Sir Alex Ferguson. The main gist I got was finding perspective on their job. Maybe they can say this because they’ve been through so much in their own ways, good and bad. As a young coach you can feel every defeat really heavily, maybe celebrate every win really heavily, and get very drawn into it and consumed by the job. I’ve always found that these managers who’ve achieved such great success have that calmness in all situations, and they passed it on in their words to me and their manner. You can only learn from people like that. And in the race to the top for all us young coaches, you can want to get there really quickly and that can be energy sapping if you’re not careful. The experienced coaches that I’ve been fortunate enough to be close to always give you that perspective. Whether it be more family time, whether it be how you deal with certain situations – I always find that very helpful.
Lampard enjoyed a lot of success during his days at Derby County as he helped the club survive relegation from the Championship. He also qualified Chelsea for the UEFA Champions League against all odds during the 2019/2020 season.
The 44-year-old also was in charge of Everton when they survived relegation during the 2021/22 season in the Premier League. However, this season has not started well for Lampard as Everton has managed to gain only two points in their first five games.