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Lee Johnson sacked by Bristol City as Cardiff defeat proves last act

作者:admin 2020-07-05

Lee Johnson has been sacked as Bristol City head coach after Saturday’s 1-0 defeat to Cardiff left the club adrift of the race for promotion.

The decision to part company with Johnson after four years in charge comes following a run of nine games without a win and four straight defeats following the Championship’s resumption last month.

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“Lee Johnson was this evening relieved of his role as Bristol City head coach,” a statement read. “Current assistant head coach Dean Holden will take over immediately in a caretaker capacity as the club look to appoint a successor.”

Losing to Cardiff left the Robins nine points adrift of the play-off places with five games remaining.

The City chief executive, Mark Ashton, said: “We recognise the huge amount of work that Lee has put in over the last four and a half years to move this club forward and we thank him for all his efforts.

“There have been some special moments over those years and Lee has played a significant part in them. However, success in football is ultimately judged by results and league position and the board believes that a change of management is needed now for Bristol City.”

Johnson’s tenure saw the Robins record back-to-back top-half finishes in the Championship, while they had a memorable run to the semi-finals of the EFL Cup in the 2017-18 season.

Those days seemed far removed on Saturday as the Bluebirds substitute Danny Ward ran on to a measured through ball from former Robins player Lee Tomlin to slot a left-footed shot past Dan Bentley with five minutes left.

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