Frank Lampard takes a swipe at modern footballers

Frank Lampard takes a swipe at modern footballers who ‘communicate on social media’ instead of in the dressing room as the Everton boss claims ‘vocal’ Conor Coady reminds him of old-school leaders

  • Frank Lampard has criticised the ‘social media’ generation of modern footballers
  • The Everton manager said he doesn’t feel communication levels from the past
  • He praised Toffees defender Conor Coady, who he said is similar to those before
  • Lampard also said managers can’t discipline players for poor performances

Frank Lampard has criticised the ‘social media’ generation of leaders in modern day football, claiming that ‘the power of players has changed’ and that players can’t be disciplined in the same ways as he was when he was playing.

Lampard, who made over 850 career appearances as a player before retiring in 2016, admitted he has ‘to be careful not to become the dinosaur’ that compares the modern day to when he was playing, saying ‘leaders look different’.

The Everton boss, on BT Sport’s Between The Lines, went onto say he doesn’t ‘feel those communication levels’ of the past, before admitting ‘it’s really hard to retrieve’ the trust of players once it is gone.

Frank Lampard has criticised the ‘social media’ generation of modern day footballers

Lampard praised Conor Coady, who he said is ‘vocal’ and ‘pushy’ like leaders of the past

‘We were expectant of a hammering after a bad game or a training performance, we got on with that,’ said the 44-year-old. 

Coady has signed for Everton from Wolves

‘With the players now, that is not generally the way to handle them, because they are different. The landscape has changed, the power of the players has changed, and the agents around them.   

‘You’ve got to be careful not to become the dinosaur that says “in my day, the dressing room was tougher, it was this and that.” Leaders look different.

‘We’ve just had Conor Coady come in and he looks like the leaders that I associated with in our day. Vocal, pushing, really driven and direct. A lot of the lads now, I don’t feel those communication levels. 

‘They communicate differently, they do it on social media. You have to understand that and treat them differently to how we were treated.’

Lampard is in his third job in management after stints at Derby County and Chelsea, and admitted he’s had to learn on the job.

He compared today’s management style to that of Sir Alex Ferguson, who was synonymous with ‘the hairdryer treatment’ and shouting at players after a bad performance, and revealed that the focus now has to be on himself rather than the players.

Lampard played under some influential managers in his career, such as Jose Mouinho (right)

Sir Alex Ferguson, famous for stern discipline, is one of the greatest managers of all time

‘We all grew up and love Sir Alex Ferguson and hear the stories of the hairdryer and think “I better do that because that’s what managers do, I have to give someone a hammering so everyone is a little bit wary,” but 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,’ he said.

‘And they’ve got friends in the group that then don’t like it. This is something I learnt at Chelsea. Your aim can only be can I win on Saturday, so if I go out on Wednesday and hammer some players for not training hard or listening to the information, I could lose them, whereas if I go away myself and think about how I can tweak it and improve it, then it feels like you’re being more hands on rather than shouting which is quite easy to do.

‘There’s a time and a place for a shout, don’t get me wrong, but with the modern day player you really have to approach it in particular ways.’

Lampard admitted he has had to lean on the job as he has transitioned to management

The former England midfielder narrowly survived relegation with Everton last season

Lampard also spoke on his aims with Everton, who are currently 17th in the Premier League and yet to win this season after a relegation battle last campaign. 

‘You have to be real and understand we were in a relegation fight for a reason,’ he admitted. 

‘Whatever those reasons are, they’re not important to me now, the important thing is that we get things right going forward so I think it’s almost what the next steps are for us.

‘One will be to make sure we are stable this year in the Premier League, but no crazy statements about where can get to until we start to show it on the pitch.’

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