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Lee Johnson to add 'extra spice' to Bristol City – Steve Lansdown

8 February 2016

Bristol City owner Steve Lansdown believes Lee Johnson possesses the qualities that can propel the Robins up the Sky Bet Championship table.

Johnson left Barnsley to be appointed as City's new manager at the back-end of last week, succeeding Steve Cotterill, with the club sitting 20th in the Championship.

The Robins defeated Charlton Athletic 1-0 to climb three points clear of the drop zone on Saturday, in a match that Johnson watched from the stands.

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And Lansdown believes they've brought in the man that can inspire an upturn of form at Ashton Gate.

"It's great that we've got him on board because having someone of his pedigree is what Bristol City needs," Lansdown told Bristol City Player HD.

"Lee will bring a freshness of ideas, enthusiasm and great ability.”

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Johnson enjoyed success with Bristol City as a player, winning promotion to the Championship under the guidance of his father Gary in a spell at the club that ran from 2006 to 2012.

He moved into management in 2013, becoming the youngest manager in The Football League when taking the reins at Oldham Athletic at the age of 31.

He led the Latics up the Sky Bet League 1 table before moving to Barnsley in February 2015, and leaves the Tykes 10th  in the division after a run of seven successive victories.

The Oakwell outfit also have a trip to Wembley on the horizon, after securing their place in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy Final.

"If you look at Lee's record since he's taken up management, he's had a great record,” Lansdown added.

"He got Oldham out of trouble, he did the same at Barnsley, and now leaves them battling for promotion and with a Wembley final to look forward to.

“Lee is outstanding and I don't quite think people realise how sought after he is. We've got him and that's great.

"Coming into Bristol City, with us at the wrong end of the table, may not have seemed like the right time for him, but he thinks it is. Lee is ready for that challenge and it's something he's done before.

"We're confident with the team he's got working behind him that he'll add that extra spice to get us up the table."

Johnson's first game in the City dugout comes on Saturday when they host Ipswich Town in the Sky Bet Championship.

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