Johnson must turn it around at Barnsley...soon!

Barnsley manager Lee Johnson. Picture: Tony Johnson.
Barnsley manager Lee Johnson. Picture: Tony Johnson.
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Barnsley alarming poor form begs one question – and it’s one no doubt on the lips of plenty of the club’s loyal supporters.

Should Lee Johnson stay at the helm?

Well, seven successive league defeats and then a horrible 1-0 loss to non-league Altrinhcam in the FA Cup last Saturday certainly doesn’t help Johnson’s cause.

But Johnson is as confident as they come and remains convinced “I am the right man” to turns things.

Personally, I have no doubt Johnson can turn things around, he’s a young manager with plenty of promise.

And even he admits to having never experienced a miserable run like this, whether as a player or when he managed Oldham Athletic.

But one thing is for sure – Johnson has to fix things quickly, otherwise his tenure at the Oakwell helm will be a lot shorter than anyone, myself included, ever anticipated.

The Reds return to action in League One on Saturday at home to Port Vale, but before then they face York City tonight at home looking to stop the rot.

Victory in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy Norhern Aren quarters-finals could just be the catalyst to get the misfiring Reds back on track.

And how the club need to do having gone on their worst losing run in the league since 1959.

Admittedly injuries to key players such as Conor Hourihane, Ryan Williams and Marley Watkins hasn’t helped the cause.

But results, as Johnson well knows, are everything and managers have been sacked a lot earlier in the season for poor results.

So far Reds owner Patrick Cryne has stuck by Johnson and there was further evidence of that yesterday as the club re-signed former favourite Adam Hammill on a short-term deal, as well as Newcastle United striker Ivan Toney on an initial 28-day loan.

“I’ll never stop fighting, I’ve got a genuine belief we can get out of it,” stressed Johnson.

“It’s difficult to get the players going at the moment and stop giving away silly goals.

“But we know we need a win. The players need that, I need that and the fans need that. A win would hopefully galvanize us and get us on the upward spiral.

“The players have got to get that belly strength to produce everything to find a way to win.

“We need to get out of this trance some of the players are in and be creative. We need to show fear.”

Striker Marley Watkins is suspended having picked up five yellow cards and midfielder Josh Scowen is missing because of injury.