With Rangers manager Steven Gerrard currently riding the managerial high of his career so far, spare a thought for his former England teammate Frank Lampard.
Two of the most iconic midfielders ever to play in the Premier League are currently enjoying a complete contrast of emotions.
Gerrard, 40, is currently on course for his first league since starting his managerial journey in 2018.
Meanwhile, Lampard, 42, is currently out of a job.
Contrasting roles for Lampard and Gerrard
The Chelsea legend was dismissed as Blues manager on Monday morning with Thomas Tuchel now at the helm to replace the Englishman at Stamford Bridge.
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Lampard leaves his post in south-west London with Chelsea ninth in the Premier League standings, having spent over £220 million [Goal] on transfers in the summer transfer window.
Ultimately, such an eye-watering windfall of expenditure put unrealistic expectations on the shoulders of Lampard, who was still searching to discover an identity to his Chelsea team.
His lack of experience gave Lampard little to fall back on during the difficult times. His dismissal serves as a cruel reminder to the ruthless and decisive football operator that is Roman Abramovic.
So, this should, then, serve as a warning and reminder to Gerrard, who has also been linked to a certain managerial hot-seat in the Premier League.
The former Liverpool captain has been heavily tipped to one-day succeed Jurgen Klopp’s post at Anfield, once his contract expires in 2024.
Coincidently, Gerrard himself has a deal at Ibrox that is practically identical to Klopp’s. In-fact, both contracts were signed within hours of eachother on December 13, 2019.
Two of the best
It’s fair to say that Lampard is held in similar esteem to Chelsea supporters to that of which Gerrard is with Liverpool fans.
The former England duo are amongst two of the best midfielders the Premier League has ever seen, and the pair are rightly discussed as two of their former club side’s greatest ever players.
Still, this wasn’t enough to save Lampard’s job, who was in charge of Chelsea for just 18 months.
Luckily for Gerrard, he is in the appropriate environment to build his managerial CV before taking on such a job with gargantuan expectations, such as Liverpool.
Indeed, Klopp isn’t going anywhere for the foreseeable future. But if the unforeseen scenario were to unfold, then a lot of attention would immediately turn to Gerrard.
With that said, the Rangers boss would be wise to consider his short, medium and long-term legacy with his boyhood club.
In football, timing is everything and unfortunately for Lampard, he got this horribly wrong.
Hindsight certainly is a powerful tool. Ultimately, a managerial CV that had just a solitary season with Derby County wasn’t enough to save Lampard’s job.
However, in the case of Gerrard, who clocked up 710 appearances for Liverpool, timing is seemingly on his side.
With Klopp expected to serve out the remainder of his Reds contract, Gerrard has three to four years to continue building his managerial CV before his dream job becomes available.
With a his first Scottish Premiership within touching distance, it seems everything is setting up perfectly for Gerrard to succeed where his former teammate Lampard ultimately fell short.