Frank Lampard has revealed what he has learned since moving into management and has discussed the importance of ‘instilling’ respect into his Chelsea side.
Lampard is currently in his second season as a Premier League manager and just his third in a senior role since moving into management, spending a single campaign at Derby County before being appointed at former side Chelsea last summer.
The former England international guided the west London side to a top-four finish and to the FA Cup final during his debut season in charge at Stamford Bridge, though the pressure has significantly increased on the novice coach following a lavish summer spend.
Chelsea have bounced back from an indifferent start and have won four consecutive fixtures in all competitions and Lampard has now spoken of the lessons he has learned during his fledgling managerial career to date, discussing the importance of finding a ‘balance’ in his player-coach relationships.
“There are so many things tactically so I won’t touch on that because I think there is a big part of that, but probably the one of personal relationships with the players and the group relationship you have with them,” Lampard told the Chelsea website. “Trying to strike that right balance, because for me a high-performing group or team, it has to be a balance between being really positive but being slightly on edge.
“So it’s like ‘how positive can I be where I don’t want to sound like I’m just trying to be a cheerleader here and not see that we’ve lost two games on the bounce’. I can’t just keep being positive. And when we’re winning and it’s great, how can I keep them on edge, just so they don’t think we’re going to win every game, because I’ve seen that one before many a time and then you lose the next game.
“So I think I try to create that kind of balance and I’m still striving for that. I still think a lot about that and go over it myself. I think you do have to keep analysing that one because it’s always different, but I think that’s the thing that I’ve learned, that you can’t neglect that side of it.”
Lampard says he is also focused on making sure Chelsea are ‘a group of good people’ in addition to good players, admitting he is keen to ensure that standards are set and revealing his determination to create a united dressing room.
“I want us to be a group of good people as well as good players and a good team,” he added. “I think you have to have respect among each other and you definitely at the top of the club set that tone.
“That is definitely on me, I’m 100 per cent responsible for that one, and you try to promote that regularly in how you train, how you act, and if you see things that you don’t like within the group you have to act upon them. I want players that can rely on each other when they go out on the pitch, that are going to be tough and back each other up at the right moments.”