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. JOHN PEMBERTON John Pemberton was appointed in the summer of 2013 to assist Sean O'Driscoll and subsequently stayed to work along Steve Cotterill. Pemberton, who made his name as a player at Crystal Palace, Sheffield United and Leeds United, also played a role as caretaker manager following the departures of O'Driscoll and Cotterill. The 48-year-old is hugely respected within the game, having progressed through the youth team coaching ranks to first team coach at Nottingham Forest between 1998 and 2009, before later establishing Sheffield United as one of the top Academies outside the Premier League, guiding the Blades to the FA Youth Cup final for the first time in 2011. Among the players Pemberton helped develop during his time at Forest include Jermaine Jenas, Michael Dawson, Andy Reid, Wes Morgan and City’s Brendan Moloney, while no fewer than nine of his Academy graduates at Sheffield United have gone on to play for the first team, including Jordan Slew, who was sold for over £1m to Blackburn Rovers in 2011. Pemberton enjoyed success with coaching England Under-17s and Under-19s in the 2009/10 season, and most recently worked with O’Driscoll at Nottingham Forest, where he held the post of professional development coach, working with the under-21s. As well his youth team feats at Forest, Pemberton is also remembered for masterminding the club’s famous 3-0 FA Cup third round victory away at Manchester City in 2009 in a two-game spell as caretaker manager. Elliott joined the club on loan midway through the 2013/14 campaign and helped steer the team to safety in Sky Bet League One. In the following campaign he captained the team to the double, winning the League One title with 99 points and Johnstone's Paint Trophy final in front of 40,000 City fans at Wembley. He retired that summer to take up the post of Under-21 manager, before assisting Pemberton in the interim management team. 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.