There’s certain things that FA coaching courses can’t prepare you for in the world of management, just as Frank Lampard has found out during his first few months in charge at Derby County.
On the whole, Lampard can be pleased with the performance of his Derby side so far, having won away at both Manchester United and Southampton in cup competitions and find themselves sat 6th in the Championship table.
However, he has of course been caught up in the centre of ‘spygate’, following Leeds’ controversial admission to watching Derby’s training sessions in the buildup to their game last Friday.
Leeds went on to win 2-0 and in fairness to Lampard, he has refused the notion that it should be an excuse for the result. The former Chelsea and England midfielder said: "I think we spoke enough about it [the suspected 'spying'] before the game, because it is a story for before the game.
"Regardless of the game individually, it's an ethical question, but in terms of this game and how we played, I can't stand here and mention anything else other than the performance - they were the better team."
It was an amicable response from Lampard, although it was one with his PR and media-savvy head on. In the aftermath of their FA Cup victory over Southampton, though, we had a glimpse of Lampard’s real emotions towards the story.
Watch below as the Derby manager has a dig at the Leeds boss after Wednesday night’s success at St. Mary’s.