Lee Johnson

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Player Information

Head Coach
07 June 1981

Position: Head Coach
Joined: February 2016

As a player Johnson spent time in the youth setup at Arsenal and Watford, 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.

He made 199 appearances at Ashton Gate before his departure in January 2012, paving the way for a return north of the border with Aberdeen.

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.

Johnson 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.

His last game in charge of the Tykes saw them book a place at Wembley in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy. The team Johnson left behind went on to win at Wembley twice – getting their hands on the JPT, but also securing promotion via the League One play-offs.