Gary Rowett gives verdict on Frank Lampard's job at Derby County

Gary Rowett manager of Stoke City during the FA Cup Third Round match between Shrewsbury Town and Stoke City at New Meadow on January 5, 2019 in Shrewsbury, United Kingdom.

Lampard succeeded Rowett at Derby County last summer.

Frank Lampard, Manager of Derby County celebrates victory following the Sky Bet Championship Play-off semi final second leg match between Leeds United and Derby County at Elland Road on...

Gary Rowett has given his verdict on the job done by his Derby County successor, Frank Lampard.

Lampard has taken Derby to the Championship play-off final in his first season in management, bettering Rowett's achievements at Pride Park last term.

 

The Rams had at one stage looked set to miss out on a top six finish, but continued their strong end to the campaign at Leeds United on Wednesday.

Lampard's men won 4-2 at Elland Road and 4-3 on aggregate to become the first club in the history of English football's second-tier play-offs to reach the final after losing at home in the first leg.

Gary Rowett manager of Stoke City during the FA Cup Third Round match between Shrewsbury Town and Stoke City at New Meadow on January 5, 2019 in Shrewsbury, United Kingdom.

And speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live afterwards, Rowett - who remains out of work after being sacked by Stoke City - said of the 40-year-old: "His first managerial job - it’s not an easy job at Derby, as I can testify - to take this team, I know it’s only Wembley and he’s on the verge, but what you’d say is he’s done an incredible job.

"Even if they don’t win the final, he’s done an incredible job so far.

"They started to have that dip, late December and January. As a manager, that’s when you’re tested. When you’re winning games everything’s rosy. As soon as you start losing games you’ve got to get that team out of that dip.

"I think that coincided also with (Mason) Mount coming back from injury, who is a big, big player for them, and probably (Harry) Wilson’s form kicking on. But you’ve got to credit Frank Lampard for that."

Derby will play Aston Villa at Wembley a week on Monday, with the winner joining Norwich City and Sheffield United in next season's Premier League.

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