VIDEO: Barnsley unveil Lee Johnson as new boss

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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Barnsley have unveiled Lee Johnson as their new head coach – and you can watch his first press conference as Reds boss right here.

Johnson has signed a deal until the summer of 2018 after leaving Oldham Athletic to take the role.

Tommy Wright has also departed Boundary Park in order to become the Reds’ assistant head coach.

Johnson watched the Reds in their 1-0 win at Scunthorpe United last night before Barnsley today agreed a compensation package with Oldham for him to succeed Danny Wilson.

READ MORE: Twitter reaction to Johnson’s appointment

A statement from the club revealed Johnson was chosen as top candidates from a small number of people interviewed after producing a plan for his first 100 days in charge of the club.

Lee Johnson has been appointed the new Head Coach at Barnsley FC.

Lee Johnson has been appointed the new Head Coach at Barnsley FC.

It read: “From the outset the board determined that it was seeking young candidates with strong coaching credentials and astute tactical awareness.

“A clear and attractive football philosophy and a viable plan to implement that philosophy was also sought.

“The board also gave some credit for a knowledge of our club’s current playing contingent, the teams in our division and proven ability to recruit players with development potential.

“A small number of candidates were interviewed and Lee Johnson was selected as significantly the best of these.

Lee Johnson has been appointed the new Head Coach at Barnsley FC. Lee is pictured with chief executive Ben Mansford.

Lee Johnson has been appointed the new Head Coach at Barnsley FC. Lee is pictured with chief executive Ben Mansford.

“He met the selection criteria established and also produced a specific plan for Barnsley for his first 100 days in charge.

“This included a playing strategy, specific tactics, identified current weaknesses and credible recruitment targets to strengthen our team.

“The board believes that everyone will like Lee’s personality.

“He is honest, passionate and a good communicator.

“Lee believes strongly in fan engagement. He is ambitious and has a clear vision for the development of our club going forward.”

The 33-year-old will succeed Wilson who was sacked on February 12.

Caretaker boss Mark Burton won two of his three games in charge.

But the statement suggests Burton was never in the running to become Reds boss as the club’s hierarchy wished for him to remain in charge of the Academy.

It read: “Mark is extremely important to our club in his role in the Academy as guardian of our youth policy, player evaluation and playing philosophy.

“The fact that seven Academy graduates have made their debuts so far this season is testament to the work Mark is doing in the Academy.”

The statement also reveals, as reported, that other candidates were approached and ruled themselves out of the running ‘by seeking higher ranked coaching opportunities.’ The club denies that money was the issue the prospective candidates rejected the Reds.

Johnson was the youngest boss in the English football league when he succeeded current Doncaster manager Paul Dickov at Oldham in March 2013, aged just 31.

And as he takes over at Oakwell he is the third youngest manager in the English league with only Mansfield chief Adam Murray and Norwich’s Alex Neil younger.

The 33-year-old is a former midfielder whose main spells of his playing career came with Yeovil Town and Bristol City.

He guided Oldham into play-off contention this season after securing survival in League One last term.

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