Date: 25th February 2015 at 5:05pm
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As expected, and earlier reported, former Oldham Athletic manager Lee Johnson has been appointed as our new head coach this afternoon.

At the press conference that begun shortly after 4.30pm, Johnson was introduced to the press and he will begin work immediately at Oakwell having signed a contract until June 30, 2018.

A midfielder in his playing days, he turned out primarily for Yeovil Town and Bristol City, and became the youngest manager in the Football League at the age of 31 when he took on the Oldham role after hanging up his boots.

Coming into Barnsley now, he will be bringing his assistant manager from Oldham – Tommy Wright.

A statement by the club read.

‘In the interests of openness, the Board feels that it is appropriate to set out to fans the approach taken in the recruitment of our new Head Coach. It was stated at the outset that Mark Burton would act only in a caretaker capacity. 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 7 Academy graduates have made their debuts so far this season is testament to the work Mark is doing in the Academy.’

Confirming that we had a ‘large number’ of candidates for the post, we had also approached targets of our own.

‘Some of those that appeared popular in the eyes of the supporters qualified themselves out from consideration by seeking higher ranked coaching opportunities. Money was never an issue.

‘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.’

Having gone through this process, a small number of the remaining candidates were interviewed and Johnson in the eyes of the club clearly came out on top following that process.

‘Lee Johnson was selected as significantly the best of these. He met the selection criteria established and also produced a specific plan for Barnsley Football Club 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 statement ended by saying.

‘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. Let`s give him our full support!’

Will take him time to bed in but by all accounts he’s had a good time at Oldham, and improved them, so he should be a good appointment hopefully for the future.

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