Frank Lampard has made it very clear he wants to see the same level of hard work and commitment from his Derby County side as he put in when he was on the playing field.
He said that his side are fast and aggressive – and that while good football is certainly vital, he wants to make sure the results are also there.
“I had a hard-work ethic and I was given that by the football family I grew up in,
“My team, I want them to have that as a base. I want them to be aggressive, I want them to play good football, fast football.
“I don’t mean beautiful tiki-taka football but I want there to be an energy in the team, where they play and excite the fans. I want energy, hard work and aggression.”
Lampard sees his Derby side kick off their season in the Championship tonight, as his side take on Reading, and he’s noted that while football and promotion is the target, they’re playing it cool.
He said the club will be going step-by-step and taking each game as it counts, with the former Chelsea player certainly a novice and unproven on the managerial stage – making promotion a big ask.
He added: “Of course, promotion is the target, every club in the Championship has the same target. But we will go step-by-step.
“We want to maximise everything out of the team. We want to finish as high as we can, we want to get promoted because this deserves to be a Premier League club.
“We must start with those intentions, the players know that. We all want it together here, the staff, the whole building, want to get this club into the Premier League.”