Frank Lampard hints Sir Alex style ‘hairdryer’ treatment went wrong at Chelsea

Everton manager Frank Lampard hinted he may have lost the dressing room with some Sir Alex Ferguson style ‘hairdryer’ treatments, when he was the manager of Chelsea.

The England legend took over the reins at Goodison Park at the end of January, almost one year to the day he was relieved from his services at Chelsea. While he managed to secure a top four finish and a place in the FA Cup Final, Lampard was dismissed five months into his second season in charge with the Blues languishing in ninth position.

Various reports claimed Lampard lost the dressing room at Stamford Bridge when he stopped communicating with Blues players who had fallen out of favour with the former Derby County manager. And Lampard also suggested he may have also turned some players against him by giving them the very ‘hairdryer’ treatments that became the trademark of the legendary Manchester United manager.

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“We all grow up and we love Sir Alex Ferguson,” Lampard said on ‘Rio Ferdinand’s Between The Lines’ show. “You hear the stories of the hairdryer and all those things and you go ‘I better do that, because that’s what managers do’.

“[You think] ‘I have to give someone a hammer so everyone’s a little bit wary of stuff. And when you actually do it, and I’ve done it, if you get it wrong, it’s really hard to retrieve, whether it’s an individual player or in front of the group and they’ve got friends within the group that then don’t like it.

“Your aim can only be, ‘can I win on Saturday, so if I train on Wednesday, like this week and I didn’t really like the session, if I go out and absolutely shout and hammer some players for it as I said…I could lose them.”

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“There’s a time and a place for a shout, don’t get me wrong, but I think [with] the modern player, you have to really approach it in particular ways.” And Lampard may have to be extra careful with his words as another relegation battle could be upon Everton.

He managed to guide the Toffees to Premier League safety at a time when their place in the top division had never been in so much jeopardy. Lampard will need to rediscover the form that inspired Everton to safety, as they have begun their Premier League campaign with two defeats and three draws. And the division’s highest ever midfield goalscorer admitted he is now more mindful when he delivers his message.

“Me and you [Ferdinand] came through the same academy, so we were okay and expected a hammering after a bad game or a bad training performance,” Lampard added. “We got on with that, but with the players now, for me, that is generally not the way to handle them because they are different.

“The landscape has changed, the power of the players have changed, the agents around them [have changed]. This is something I learned at Chelsea, in different ways.”

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