Harry Redknapp believes that Frank Lampard’s knowledge of the game will help him to bring success to Pride Park Stadium after he was appointed as the new manager of Derby County.
Lampard will take his first step into management with the Rams after he agreed to join the club on a three-year deal.
Lack of experience will not be a problem for the former Chelsea and England midfielder according to Redknapp, who believes that Lampard’s vast knowledge within football will allow him to thrive from the start.
Speaking exclusively to dcfc.co.uk, he said: “I’m delighted. It’s a great job for him and it’s a great club for him to be joining.
“It’s not about experience, it’s about the person and Frank knows the game inside out.
“He’s been brought up with it - his Dad was a great player, he played for 20 years with West Ham.”
Lampard has admitted on many occasions that he wasn’t the most naturally talented player, but one of the hallmarks of his distinguished career was that he found his way to the top through hard work and dedication.
Redknapp - Lampard’s uncle - believes that Derby will be sure to reach their targets if the squad display the same desire and commitment as their manager.
“He’s the best trainer and best professional that I’ve ever seen by a million miles and I’m not exaggerating,” Redknapp explained.
“I’ve never seen anyone come anywhere near him. He would be out on the training ground after everybody else had gone home, still training, practicing and doing his sprints.
“He just worked and worked and worked, and that is what made him the great player that he became.
“If the players at Derby show the same attitude that he showed throughout his career, then they will be very successful.
“I would think that if they don’t, then Frank won’t stand for them too much. He won’t stand for people that don’t want to put it all in.”
Lampard will be joined by his former Chelsea teammate Jody Morris, who has spent the last two years as the Youth Team manager at Stamford Bridge.
Redknapp highlighted the impact that Morris will have on Derby’s young players and he believes that the pair are in the same mould regarding their value of hard work.
He added: “Jody has done a great job with the youngsters at Chelsea and he won’t stand for any nonsense either.
“Anybody that slacks and doesn’t pull their weight, I can’t imagine that they will last very long.”