The key men at Ashton Gate. LEE JOHNSON In February 2016, Johnson returned to Ashton Gate, where he made 199 appearances as a player over six seasons and helped secure promotion in 2007. City's head coach spent time in the youth setup at Arsenal and Watford during his playing days, before making his name in the game with Yeovil Town, winning promotions from non-league, League Two and League One. He joined Scottish Premier League Hearts in 2006, before returning to England six months later to sign for City. Johnson was a key figure as City secured automatic promotion from League One in 2006/07, and continued as a mainstay in the team that reached the Championship play-off final the following year. After leaving the club in January 2012, Johnson moved to Scotland once more, this time signing for Kilmarnock. Just over a year later his playing career came to an end following his appointment as manager of Oldham Athletic. At the age of 31, he was the youngest boss in the Football League. He quickly guided the Latics out of the relegation zone and the following season embarked on a recruitment drive which included bringing in Korey Smith permanently, whom he handed the captain’s armband. His good work at Boundary Park soon caught the attention of the football world and Barnsley made a move for Johnson in February 2015, appointing him as head coach to replace Danny Wilson. Johnson guided Barnsley away from the relegation zone, ultimately achieving a top-half finish in League One. Just this week he guided the Tykes to Wembley for the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy final, and he leaves the club chasing a play-off place. DEAN HOLDEN Born in Swinton, Greater Manchester, Holden started his career at Bolton Wanderers, before his relationship with Oldham began as a loan signing in 2001/02. A successful season led to the move becoming permanent and Holden racked up a total of 125 appearances for the club, scoring 11 goals, before joining Peterborough United in 2005. After two years at London Road, Holden headed north of the border to sign for Falkirk, and later enjoyed spells back in England with Shrewsbury Town, Chesterfield and Rochdale. He made the last competitive appearance of his 15-year playing career for Walsall, aged 33, in 2014. The former right-back soon returned to Oldham in a coaching capacity to team up with Lee Johnson for the first time, but three months later the current City boss was appointed head coach at Barnsley. Holden stepped in to manage the club for the remaining three months of the campaign, before assisting David Dunn the following season. After departing Oldham in January this year and returning to Walsall, Holden was recruited to bolster the coaching setup at Ashton Gate. JAMIE McALLISTER A popular figure in and around Ashton Gate during his playing days, the Glaswegian returned to the club in the summer of 2016. McAllister earned huge respect as a player, launching his career at Queen of the South in 1996 before representing Aberdeen, Livingstone and Hearts in his native Scotland. Then City manager Gary Johnson brought the left-back to Ashton Gate in 2006 and McAllister became a regular fixture in a side that won promotion from League One and reached the Championship play-off final in 2008. He left City in 2012 to join Yeovil Town and captained the Glovers to promotion to the Championship in his first season at the club. Having made 72 appearances for the Somerset outfit, he left in 2014 to take up a coaching role alongside former England goalkeeper David James at Kerala Blasters in India. McAllister returned to this country in 2014 and played regularly for Exeter City until the end of the 2014/15 campaign. He took on the role of Under-23 coach when returning to Ashton Gate, before stepping into the first-team fold in March 2017. DAVID COLES David Coles is the club’s goalkeeping coach. Coles has been a goalkeeping coach for Southampton, where they reach the FA Cup final in 2003, Portsmouth and West Ham United. He rejoined Portsmouth in 2013 but took up the position at Ashton Gate following Lee Kendall's departure to The FA.