Date: 7th February 2016 at 10:16am
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Unsurprisingly, like I said from the minute it was made clear he wanted to talk to them, Lee Johnson has ended reign as Barnsley Head Coach to become the new one at former club Bristol City.

A statement on the Official Website confirmed this on Saturday with, as would have been the case for the game today whatever he had decided, Paul Heckingbottom and Tommy Wright are in caretaker chance and will remain as such until a new Head Coach is appointed.

‘We have been advised by Lee Johnson that he wishes to join Bristol City. Barnsley Football Club have accepted his decision and agreed proper compensation with Bristol City. We are very grateful to Lee for his hard work and commitment at Barnsley Football Club, which culminated in us reaching the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy final. We wish him every success in his new role.

‘For the time being, Paul Heckingbottom and Tommy Wright will take responsibility for first-team matters.

‘The Club will make further statements to fans as appropriate.’

I previously said I could understand, with his Bristol City background, why he would be tempted to return to his former club as a player but (and there’s always a but) you feel something of a lack of loyalty to Barnsley? You suspect Oldham might feel the same mind after he left them for the Reds in the past at the first chance of interest.

Then again, loyalty in football…. Is there any of that anymore!

Having said that there was loyalty, belief and confidence put in him early this season by the board when Barnsley were on an awful run of form that would have seen many, of not most, part company with him but the Head Coach was not only retained yet continually backed to move into the transfer market.

You’ve go to feel a little let down by this decision but that’s football for you isn’t it and we move on, as you always do in football.


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