Bristol City have had a spectacular season under Lee Johnson despite narrowly missing out on the playoff places. The former Barnsley boss will be hoping his side can go one better next season.

Johnson is confident of keeping his star performers from this campaign, and will announce his retained list on Friday. 

After being in the playoffs for the majority of the season, the Robins had a poor run of results towards the end of the campaign and finished 11th.

They also went on an incredible Carabao Cup run which was ended in the semi finals by Manchester City.

Speaking to the Bristol Post, Johnson said ” First half our season outstanding, second half we fell short but there were mitigating circumstances for some of that form.

“I feel but it’s another year of progression, learning and as a club setting ourselves up nicely for next season.”

Johnson will be hoping to right the wrongs that he made during the January transfer window. The signings of Lois Diony and Ryan Kent failed to make the desired effect at Ashton Gate.

“We did our best but I don’t think they worked for various reasons.” Said Johnson.

“It’s something we look at very seriously – it’s all about recruitment and we have to judge ourselves on that.”

Speaking on the summer window, Johnson said “We want to improve. The natural evolution of a club is to improve.

“Can we continue to develop the squad and continue to bring in players. Steve’s very ambitious himself – he’s a dirty winner. He wants to win.”

The manager is also confident of keeping the services of his star players like Joe Bryan and Bobby Reid.

“I’m confident we’ll do everything we can in our power to keep them. It’s difficult.” He said.

“We got better selling Jonathan Kodjia. Negotiations are not my realm. We’d love to keep them – they’re two players that I have an emotional attachment to.”

It will be a busy window for Johnson, who will be working tirelessly in order to mount a promotion challenge.


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