Frank Lampard says he never expected there would be no easy route to Championship success.
And he will draw on his highs and lows as a player to overcome his first major setback as a rookie manager and get his Derby side on track.
Back-to-back defeats after an opening-night win at Reading have handed the former England star a reality check. Lampard knows his first job in the dug-out will be judged by results – and he is hoping his side can bounce back when Ipswich visit on Tuesday.
He said: “I was fortunate to have a good playing career, and when I look back on a Champions League win or a Premier League victory, I remember all the bumpy roads along the way in those seasons.
“We’d been potentially at rock bottom, so perspective is always good.
“It’s easy to say I have no experience of the Championship.
“I’m very aware of it and watch it all the time. I always have done. It’s a tough season over 46 games – but the top Premier League teams play 60-odd games. One season at Chelsea. in 2013, I played 70 games.
“What doesn’t change is the competitive nature, we must be focused for every one of those 46 matches.”
But Lampard knows he cannot hide from a disappointing start.
He added: “Maybe there’s an impatience from the outside, but for us it’s all about hard work.
“I fear the idea of an excuse.
“We want to be winning games right now but the reality is that when you have nine new players, half your squad is new and fresh. The process hopefully isn’t unhealthy, but it’s there.
“We want to get there sooner rather than later, but the reality is that there’ll be bumps along the road. The reaction to that is important.”
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