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Johnson Deserves This Chance - Skuse

Cole Skuse says he’s over the moon that Lee Johnson has been given the chance to lead Bristol City.

The pair spent many an afternoon alongside one another in the City midfield between 2006 and 2012, but while Skuse is still playing at Ipswich Town, Johnson has recently been handed the reins in BS3 as head coach.

Skuse, who missed an Ashton Gate return through a toe injury on Saturday, admits he always saw his former colleague heading into a coaching capacity once his playing days were over.

He told City's official YouTube channel: “I’m over the moon for him – he’s a great guy.

“From afar I saw lots of names bandied about (for the job), so I was surprised when I got a message out of the blue to say Johnno had been appointed.

“He fully deserves this chance. I spoke to him and Mr (Steve) Lansdown before the game and it was all really positive.

“You could always see he would go into coaching – 100 per cent. The way he conducted himself, picking people’s brains all the time and it’s in the bloodline too with his dad.

“The plans that are in place here are phenomenal and I really do wish him all the success in the world.

“I’m still a fan; I still look out for Bristol City’s results and the events that happen around the place.

“It’s very surreal seeing Ashton Gate in its current state. I’ve not been back for quite some time. When I was younger I used to stand behind the goal (Atyeo end) before getting my free school of excellence tickets in the Dolman.

“This is some place now. I took a walk around the Dolman Stand and once the towering West Stand is complete it’ll be a lovely stadium – it’s so impressive.”

Skuse says he will return to Bristol once his career is over and revealed he is currently taking his coaching badges.

“Ipswich is a lovely place to live, it’s very quiet,” Skuse added. “But Bristol is home and we’ll always come back, once I’ve hung up my boots.

“I’m doing my badges at the moment but the media side of things interests me as well. Maybe I’ll go down that route. If push comes to shove I’ll just send the missus back to work!”

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