Barnsley: Lee Johnson ‘a perfect fit’ for Reds

Lee Johnson has been appointed the new Head Coach at Barnsley FC.
Lee Johnson has been appointed the new Head Coach at Barnsley FC.
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New head coach Lee Johnson believes he is the “perfect fit” for Barnsley.

Former Oldham Athletic boss Johnson was unveiled as Danny Wilson’s successor at Oakwell yesterday.

The 33-year-old signed a three-and-half-year contract that will keep him at the South Yorkshire club until 30th June 2018.

And Johnson also brought Tommy Wright with him as his assistant coach after the two League One clubs agreed an undisclosed compensation package for the pair.

“I feel as though I’m the perfect fit for this club,” said Johnson. “It’s a fantastic opportunity for me.

“I had two fantastic years at Oldham, but the lure was too big.

“What we achieved at Oldham was fantastic, but there’s certain facts where we differ.

“The timing was not great, but in football you have to make decisions.

“I gave everything to Oldham, but in my new challenge now I will give everything to Barnsley.”

Johnson became Barnsley’s 15th head coach (manager) in the last 17 years, but the Latics’ former main man stressed he was not concerned about such a worrying statistic.

“Weighing up everything I was still very keen,” admitted Johnson. “When you get that buzz you want to achieve something, well I’d rather die trying.

“We all want promotion, but it needs to be done in the right way.

“I’m excited by the owner’s [Patrick Cryne] passion and ideals for the club.

“It’s like your first day at school. You’re nervous and excited.

“But when a owner of a football club goes to such lengths to want you, it feels great.

“To pay a fee for me, especially when there’s a lot of good managers out of work, well that meant a lot to me.

“We’ve got to try and make sure the players try to be the best players can be.

“I want to create an identity for the club, we want to play attractive and flowing football.

“It’s such a spirited club, that’s what really attracted to me coming here.”

Johnson has inherited a club who have won their last two league outings and are who are sitting just four points off the play-offs.

But is a play-off push too much to ask with only 14 games remaining this term?

“I don’t think it’s unrealistic,” offer Johnson. “There’s always one team who goes on a run at the end of the season, so I see no reason why it can’t be us.

“But we probably need nine or ten wins out of the remaining games.”

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