Bristol City have been granted permission to speak to Barnsley manager Lee Johnson about becoming their head coach. Last night Johnson guided the Tykes into the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy Final after beating Fleetwood Town on penalties.

Yesterday, we covered news of the story that Johnson was the man that the Robins identified as being their preferred next head coach. He is set to follow in the footsteps of his father, Gary, who almost took the club into the Premier League.

A brief statement on the Bristol City official website revealed that they will now be speaking to Johnson after being granted permission to speak to him. The statement read,

Bristol City FC can confirm it has been granted permission by Barnsley FC to speak to its head coach Lee Johnson.

The club will be making no further comment.

Barnsley released a longer statement on their official website, saying that whilst they would love Johnson to stay, they believe the club is structured well enough so that things will carry on as normal,

When Lee Johnson was appointed to the role of Head Coach at Barnsley Football Club, it was intended to confine and focus his activities on the development, organisation and recruitment of players for the first team. The limitation of this role was to allow other management staff to have similar remits relating to the Academy, U18 and U21 teams. Partly, the purpose in designating the Head Coach role in this way was to limit the impact in the event of a change and to encourage succession planning.

This morning we gave permission to Lee Johnson to speak to Bristol City concerning their managerial vacancy. We gave this permission because we believe that the structures that we now have in place must be the key to our future success rather than dependence on a single individual. If Lee decides to stay with Barnsley Football Club we will be delighted, but if he chooses to move on, we will continue unabated with the plan we have in place for the progression of our Club.

We will provide further information in due course.

Should Johnson take the vacancy at Ashton Gate, it would mean a return to the club where over 150 times as a player between 2006 and 2012. He is highly likely to accept the job.


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