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Posted Thursday, May 23rd 2019

New deal for Robins head coach

Bristol City are delighted to confirm that Lee Johnson has put pen to paper on a new four-year contract at Ashton Gate.

The innovative head coach has achieved continual progress in each of his four seasons with the club, and has now agreed terms until the summer of 2023.

Chief Executive Officer Mark Ashton said: “I’m thrilled Lee has committed his future to the club, the positive impact he’s already had is clear to see.

“I’ve worked with him for more than three years now and on a daily basis, I witness first hand his attitude, passion and professionalism towards the football club which is fantastic to see.

“He follows the same vision as the club, which is vital, and we will continue to work together to deliver our ultimate goal of promotion to the Premier League.”

Johnson commented: “I’m delighted to have signed a new deal at Bristol City. I’m really looking forward to continuing the journey in our mission for success.

“I’d like to thank the Lansdown family, the board of directors, Mark Ashton, players and staff, as well as the fans for supporting me so much up to this point, and we now drive on - come on you reds!”

 

Having played 199 games for the club between 2006 and 2012, Johnson took charge at Ashton Gate in February 2016 on a three-and-a-half-year deal after spells with Oldham Athletic and Barnsley.

The 37-year-old’s first target was to maintain the club’s Sky Bet Championship status, which he accomplished, and after a promising start to the 2016/17 season, he was rewarded with a further year’s extension.

In 2017/18, he guided City to the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup for the first time since 1988/89, beating four Premier League clubs en route.

And his side achieved a place in the Emirates FA Cup last 16 in the 2018/19 campaign, ending an 18-year wait, before finishing eighth in the Championship - the club’s highest league finish in 11 years.

Johnson has continued to drive the club forward, breaking a number of records, including an average 2018/19 home attendance of more than 21,000 – the best for 40 years.

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