06 Feb 2016


Lee Johnson has left Barnsley and been appointed as manager of Bristol City in the Sky Bet Championship.

The 34-year-old arrives with immediate effect, after City secured permission from Barnsley to speak to Johnson on Friday. 

Johnson returns to Ashton Gate, where he made 199 appearances as a player over six seasons and helped secure promotion in 2007. 

Bristol City’s chief operating officer Mark Ashton told the club's official website: “Lee is a very bright, intelligent young man who is highly motivated and very detailed in his approach. He’s well-known to the club; fans, stakeholders and staff. 

“He is one of the up and coming coaches in the country and having interviewed him, I had no hesitation in recommending to the Board that Lee is the right fit for this football club. 

“Lee also has the advantage of knowing Bristol City very well and will be able to fit seamlessly back into Ashton Gate. 

“There are substantial synergies in the way that we think and the way that we believe football departments should be operated. 

“We’ll work together to build this football club for sustainable success.” 

He added: “I’d like to thank Barnsley FC for their professionalism, allowing us to speak to and subsequently appoint Lee.” 

Johnson will work alongside the existing backroom team, with John Pemberton becoming his first team coach. 

Source: Bristol City FC