Chelsea legend Lampard leads Derby for the first time against Clement’s Reading tonight as the Championship season starts.
The former England midfielder played under Clement when the Reading manager was part of the coaching staff at Stamford Bridge.
Clement said: “I had 16, 17 years working at youth level, did all the licenses, was an assistant at senior level for seven years.
“But nothing quite prepares you for when you’re on the line, you’re responsible for picking the team, doing the changes, it’s what you say and you have to go through that.
“After I had worked with him at Chelsea, Frank embarked on his badges and I know last season he did that quite aggressively and he went into Chelsea to get some practice.
“You can prepare yourself the best you can. But nothing quite prepares you for it.”
Ironically Clement also started his managerial career Derby and despite his words of cation, Clement reckons Lampard will last longer than his nine-month stint in charge of the Rams.
Clement said: “I have got no doubt that Frank will be good – not because he played at a high level – but because, if you talk to him about football, and you see what he is like on the TV, the way he gets his message across which is very important.
“He has brilliant knowledge of the game; some players have played at a high level but still don’t have a great knowledge of the game.
“He does, and he is able to transmit that information well because he speaks very articulately.
“I have no doubt he is going to be a success – just hopefully not on the first day of the season.”