REVEALED: The inside tale on how Lampard is catching the eye at Derby

What might the alleged Leeds United spy have seen through those binoculars as he stood, not secretly enough, around the edge of Derby County
's Moor Farm training base?
'The players enjoy the sessions. It is a very thoughtful environment with lots of hard work but elements of fun too,' said a source.
Frank Lampard will not have welcomed the uninvited intruder, who was taken away by police, but he might deep down have liked the fact somebody was trying to gain an advantage in such a manner. The covert agent was found with pliers and a change of clothes.
Nobody is trying to sneak a look behind the scenes at Ipswich, for example. But Lampard's Derby? They are worth risking arrest for, it seems.
Lampard takes his team to Elland Road for a Friday night clash that will go some way to showing how far they have come since August's 4-1 defeat at Pride Park. Victory would lift Derby to within five points of Leeds in first.
Whatever the result, Lampard is impressing in his debut managerial role, living up to the high expectations placed on him after a glittering career in the game that was always accompanied by intelligent speaking.
'What you see is what you get,' added the source. 'He is very knowledgeable and having been an elite player he knows how to treat people. There is no BS and the players appreciate that. He is very calm and measured in what he says. The squad are buying into it.' 
The seeds were sewn in the summer when Lampard took a hands-on role in the recruitment process. Agents were said to appreciate his honesty. 'True to his word,' is a phrase used.
The loan deals for Mason Mount and Fikayo Timori were secured because of Lampard's Chelsea bond but he also possessed great knowledge of the Football League and personally worked on deals involving Scott Malone, Martyn Waghorn, Jack Marriott, Florian Jozefzoon, Duane Holmes, and George Evans. 'A football geek,' is one description of him.
Lampard was known to set off from his London home at 5am in order to be at meetings over signings, and his research and phone calls continued well into the evenings. 
'I've learned that the job is hard because it consumes your life,' Lampard said after drawing 2-2 with Southampton in the FA Cup. 
'I'm not complaining because I'm loving it at the same time. But you don't switch off. The next game is always coming and the details you prepare with players, yourself and the collective behind the scenes are huge.' 
Jody Morris, a long-time friend after playing at Stamford Bridge, provides a strong pillar of support. Morris takes a good number of sessions and from his work with Chelsea Under-23s can relate to the young prospects coming through. 
'He's not a joker but he's bright and sparky,' said a source. 'It dovetails nicely between them.' 
Lampard is also assisted by Chris Jones, who was first-team fitness coach at Chelsea, and supporters loved seeing the trio out jogging in Chaddesden, a suburb of Derby, in August. 
Lampard has immersed himself in the club, and it was considered a nice touch that he and all coaches attended the Derby staff Christmas do at Pride Park's The Yard restaurant. Unexpectedly he stood up and gave a short speech to say he was appreciating everyone's efforts.
He now has a place in Derby for himself, wife Christine, and their baby Patricia, who was born in September. Juggling a newborn has added to his commitments but he has combined where he can, with Christine even known to change their daughter's nappies in his manager's office at the ground.
Championship games
- 26
- 12
- 7
- 7
Goals scored
- 38
League Cup games
- 4
Goals scored
- 10
FA Cup games
- 1
Goals scored
- 2
Total yellow cards (all comps)
- 57
Total red cards (all comps)
- 1 
Lampard's approach to youth has been felt on the field, with 18-year-old Jayden Bogle given a chance and establishing himself at right-back. A number of young players have been invited to train with the first team, including Tyree Wilson at 16. 'If they are good enough, they are old enough,' has been the message.
That freshness has enabled Lampard to change the playing style quickly. He demands a dynamic approach based on playing out from the back. There have been setbacks but it has also clicked gloriously, most notably during the 4-1 win at The Hawthorns when Lampard started five attacking players.
His bold approach worked during the floodlight failure at Norwich, where he tweaked things amid the darkness and saw his team stage a dramatic comeback to win 4-3. And he was also brave in replacing midfielder Max Bird with forward David Nugent after 50 minutes of the FA Cup tie against Southampton when 2-0 down.
Lampard would like to make additions in January but as with last summer he will have to balance the books. Lampard did spend but it was offset by Matej Vydra's £11million sale to Burnley. 'It would be frustrating if we fell away because we've managed to show we can get to where we're at,' he said last weekend.
'I was aware of the finances, we're not in the league of the parachute payment teams. People thought we did a lot of business in the summer but our actual net spend was very negligible. I had to bring in personnel to try to change the style and that's not a one-window solution, that's probably two or three window.' 
Assessing his time so far, he added: 'I've learned if you see improvement in the squad individually or collectively, and if you get really good results, it's everything. I love football, so I've found that side of it really rewarding.
'But I've found there's a long way to go because this Championship is tough. One week you feel you've half cracked it then the next week you feel like you don't know where you're going to. So I'm trying to stay cool.'
The heat will rise at Elland Road. All eyes will be on the action and, this time, welcome. 

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