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Chelsea boss Lampard reveals Redknapp inspiration over youth focus

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is drawing inspiration from Harry Redknapp with his focus on academy talent.

Lampard himself has experience of emerging in a team that was blooding several players from its youth system all together, with the likes of Rio Ferdinand, Joe Cole and Jermain Defoe his West Ham contemporaries. The Hammers have adopted a name 'The Academy of Football'.

"The reason for West Ham having the Academy name was firstly, many years ago having the great side that contained [1966] World Cup players," he explains.

"It was cultural that players came through at West Ham. Then that went away, and the reason it came back was Harry Redknapp as far as I am concerned, as Harry paid huge attention to it.

"He brought people in around him who paid huge attention to it. The moment you take your foot off the pedal then it is not there. Neil Bath and the Chelsea Academy have been working hard at that for years, and they certainly deserve more credit than me at the moment for these young players who are in the squad. It is my job now to keep improving them."


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