FRANK LAMPARD is no Jose Mourinho Mark Two — and will do things his way at Chelsea.
The new Blues boss thrived under Mourinho as a player at Stamford Bridge and revealed he picked up managerial tips from the Portuguese as well as others during his glittering career.
Lampard kicks off his Chelsea managerial career today at Manchester United and says he is committed to finding a style that suits him rather than copying anyone else.
He said: “I did take tips and ideas from all my managers.
“I don’t try to be a clone of Jose Mourinho or Carlo Ancelotti, or Guus Hiddink.
“I try to be myself but with influences from them. Some managers are more people-managers, some tactical-managers.
“I’ve gone out of my way not to make any parallels with my era at Chelsea and anyone else’s.
“I make decisions that will help the club. A lot of those decisions are small decisions and you can’t get them all right.
“At a big club you have to make them. That’s why you’re entrusted with the job.
“I’m making decisions that I hope are for the benefit of the club because I’m trying to grow a group here that have a good spirit, focus and dedication to where we want to go.”
Lamps is relishing the chance to prove his critics wrong for suggesting managing in the Premier League came too early.
He added: “When I look back on my career, the early days, the West Ham days, when I came to Chelsea, and some of my England career, it was difficult at times.
“At the top is where you want to be. It is tough and you have to prove people wrong.
“Even more so in the modern day, with social media, where everyone has a comment and everyone has really strong opinions.
“The only way I ever knew was to get my head down and work.
“It certainly feels sweeter if you do manage to prove someone wrong.
If we can get the early momentum by getting a result it certainly helped in the Jose Mourinho days and it would certainly help us.
“I’m happy with the career I had because I felt I gave everything. I couldn’t have done more.
“I’ll try and do the same as a manager.”
It is ironic that Mourinho also kicked off his Blues management career against United in 2004.
Eidur Gudjohnsen’s strike sealed a 1-0 win to get Mourinho’s reign off to a winning start.
Lamps said: “I remember the game. We didn’t play particularly well.
“If we can get the early momentum by getting a result it certainly helped in the Jose Mourinho days and it would certainly help us.”
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