Jamie Carragher has spoken about Steven Gerrard's managerial career so far

Carragher fears Gerrard and Lampard could have the same problem

Nothing makes the average football fan feel old like watching Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard in the dugout.

That said, both former England internationals have taken to management very well.

Saturday's draw with Middlesbrough has put Lampard's Derby County just one point off the top of the Championship table, at least temporarily.

As for Gerrard, there have already been ups and downs, but there are unmistakable signs of progress at Rangers since he took charge.

The Glasgow outfit have even broken a record set by Walter Smith's 1993 side with their 11-game unbeaten European run.

Knowing their respective mentalities, both Gerrard and Lampard will have their sights on one of football's biggest jobs in the not too distant future.

However, Jamie Carragher, who of course played with the pair for the national side, fears it will be very difficult for them to reach the highest level because of the stigma that still surrounds young British managers.

Gerrard and Lampard have to prove themselves  

Writing in the Telegraph, the pundit explained:

"His [Gerrard's] eventual ambition is to manage Liverpool, but he has much to achieve before he will be considered a realistic successor when Jurgen Klopp steps down.

Gerrard has impressed in his first job at Rangers

"Mention British coaches and you will still hear people claiming Sam Allardyce or Tony Pulis’ style is typical rather than that of Chris Hughton or Eddie Howe. That is one of the reasons Lampard and Gerrard will find it so tough to get to the very top.

"British managers are not perceived to be as exciting, forward-thinking or established. Fans want exotic names with Champions League experience, those who have created exciting teams in Germany or Spain more qualified for the jobs."

Unfortunately, Carragher makes a valid point. It might well be a long time before we see either Gerrard or Lampard given a chance at a top-six club.

British coaches have it tough 

"In many respects, Lampard and Gerrard are pioneers for my generation," Carragher added.

Lampard is guiding Derby's promotion push

"Justifiably, you cannot be fast-tracked into the biggest jobs anymore. They must put the miles on the clock at a lower level club, in an environment they are not accustomed to having spent the whole of their playing career at the top.

"Ryan Giggs’ experience at Manchester United demonstrated that. He seemed to have the support of the Old Trafford crowd when in temporary charge, yet not even being the most decorated player in United’s history – in English football history – could generate a clamour for him to get the job ahead of either Louis Van Gaal or Jose Mourinho."

At the very least, the two Premier League legends have made positive starts to their careers in management, when many of their doubters wouldn't even have afforded them that. 

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