Date: 26th February 2015 at 11:31am
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With yesterday’s press conference announcing former Oldham gaffer Lee Johnson as our new man in the hotseat, we have a few quotes from him.

In conference coverage from The Star they have the 33 year old as saying he believes Barnsley is the ‘perfect fit’ for him now and looking forward to kicking on and hopefully being successful with us, albeit he knows it won’t be overnight and it needs to be a long term plan.

‘I feel as though I’m the perfect fit for this club. It’s a fantastic opportunity for me. I had two fantastic years at Oldham, but the lure was too big. What we achieved at Oldham was fantastic, but there’s certain facts where we differ. The timing was not great, but in football you have to make decisions.’

Johnson goes on to say that in his time at Boundary Park he gave his all to them, and now that’s what he plans on doing at Oakwell.

With a record of 15 head coaches/managers in the last 17 years, he added that this didn’t overly concern him.

‘Weighing up everything I was still very keen. When you get that buzz you want to achieve something, well I’d rather die trying. We all want promotion, but it needs to be done in the right way. We’ve got to make sure the players try to be the best players they can be. I want to create an identity for the club, we want to play attractive and flowing football. It’s such a spirited club, that’s what really attracted me to coming here.’

With 14 games remaining this season, Johnson knows he’s coming in late, but he doesn’t think that an outside push for the play offs spots this term is ‘unrealistic’ even if it’s going to be incredibly hard to achieve – but one team always hits a run at this stage of the season and he doesn’t see what that can’t be us – but it will take nine or ten wins out of those games to happen.

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