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Lee Johnson eyes promotion with Barnsley after becoming the club's new head coach

26 February 2015

Lee Johnson has not ruled out a late push for promotion in Sky Bet League 1 with Barnsley after becoming the club's new head coach.

Johnson has signed a contract that keeps him at Oakwell until 30th June 2018 after Barnsley agreed an undisclosed compensation fee with his former club Oldham Athletic.

Tommy Wright, who worked with him at Oldham, has joined him as assistant head coach.

"I don't think it's is unrealistic, for sure," said Johnson.

"The problem is there's a lot of teams above us. But someone will go on a run and why not us?

"It's important the players know that there is still a chance. Every year in every division someone comes out of the pack and has a fantastic run towards the end of the season and puts themselves in that last spot in the Play-Offs.

"I see no reason why that can't be us and we'll go into every game trying to win it and with a bit of luck - because we'll probably need nine or 10 wins - why not?"

The 33-year-old, The Football League's third youngest manager after Mansfield's Adam Murray and Alex Neil at Norwich, becomes Barnsley's 15th permanent boss in the last 17 years and their sixth in less than six years after Danny Wilson's dismissal on 12th February.

But the former Yeovil Town and Bristol City midfielder is undaunted at the prospect of turning around the fortunes of the South Yorkshire club which was relegated to Sky Bet League 1 at the end of last season.

"I'm excited, it's a fantastic opportunity," Johnson added.

"It's a really big club for the division with a rich history and I'm excited about what I feel we can achieve together.

"I want to take the club as high as it can possibly go. It's a step up for me. Bigger crowds, bigger playing budget and the history of consistently being in the Championship, which is where we should be.

"We're going to push for that as quickly and firmly as possible, but within the methodology and philosophy which will attempt to go down.

"There's a really good academy here. It's got a very good reputation and was such a big part of me coming here."

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