Johnson can’t wait to put his stamp on Reds

Barnsley vs Chesterfield - Lee Johnson - Pic By James Williamson
Barnsley vs Chesterfield - Lee Johnson - Pic By James Williamson
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Barnsley boss Lee Johnson is relishing the opportunity to impose his football philosophy at the club this summer.

The former Oldham manager joined in February and hit the ground running with some superb results as the Reds flirted with the play-offs for a brief period.

Johnson had a limited time to implement his ideas in the midst of the hectic League One schedule, and admitted he did not want to overload his players.

But he now has the opportunity to impress his style of play on the squad during pre-season when they report back to the training ground on Wednesday.

“It’s much easier to get your ideas across during pre-season,” Johnson said. “It’s going to be a new group, a new style and a new methodology running through the place, so it’s a lot to cram in in five or six weeks.”

Whilst he was not fully able to get his side playing as he would have liked, there were glimpses of the free-flowing approach that the manager prefers, most notably in the 5-0 hammering of Rochdale on the last day of the season.

The Reds ran riot in a second half performance full of flair and fluidity in attack, and Johnson believes that is the closest his side came to employing his style.

“The last game was a good example of how I want us to play,” he added. “Not necessarily the 5-0 win – although we’d love a 5-0 win every week – but the passing, the moving and the angles we played. The timing of the breaks and the attacks, and just the general pattern of the game was probably the closest to my style.

“Pre-season is another good chance to get that in and we’ll try and crack on with that.”

The players will complete their final fitness checks this weekend ahead of the start of training on Wednesday.