The announcement of Lampard has brought a sense of excitement back to Derby. A calculated risk, which may benefit the club in many ways. His calm and collected appearance at his first press conference has filled fans with confidence, with belief this could finally be the catalyst for success that fans have been demanding for years.
The appointment of young, unproven managers is an encouraging sight in modern football. Many clubs, Derby County included, have previously appointed several with championship experience, hoping that they could take us to the promised land of the Premier League. It is hard not to believe that a change is needed. Lampard’s appointment as Derby manager has not come without some criticism and uncertainty. Although he carries an excellent record as a player, he is unproven as a manager and a coach.
The excitement around this appointment is unlike any other we have ever experienced. A man with links to Chelsea, and the potential for the development young players, is a new experience for Derby supporters. However, it is what many of us have wanted to see at the club for the past couple of seasons, evident when Rowett failed to start one of the most creative young players at our club. The exclusion of England U21 international and Chelsea loanee Kasey Palmer left many of us puzzled. I’m sure many Derby fans will welcome an influx of young talent to replace an ageing squad.
It is important that every single Derby County fan is behind Frank and his back room team. The support of Derby fans this season will be crucial in hopefully spurring our new-look side to promotion. This could well be the season we have all been waiting in anticipation for. It’s coming.
By Alice Jane