A little bit of a surprise today as Bristol City will be without their manager, when Newcastle meet them on Saturday afternoon at Ashton Gate.
Gary Johnson – former Bristol City manager
The Bristol City club announced today that their manager, Gary Johnson had left the club after joint discussions, and the decision was said to be my mutual consent.
If you remember, that’s also exactly what Newcastle said when Sam Allardyce left the club in January, 2008, but we all know Sam was pushed out of the door.
Johnson ended a four-year reign at the Robins and Newcastle manager Chris Hughton talked about the announcement this afternoon:
“I was very sad to hear that.” “I have known Gary for a number of years.”
“He’s done a fantastic job there and they only narrowly missed out on promotion to the Premier League two years ago.”
“My thoughts are with him but I’m sure he’ll bounce back because he is a very good manager.”
The assistant manager Keith Millen will take temporary charge of the team for the home game game against Newcastle United this Saturday, which has a 5:20 pm kick-off time.
Hughton also admits there are several possible reactions from the Bristol City players on Saturday afternoon:
“We won’t know how they will respond until the game,”
“They might come out fighting and want to do it for the manager who has just left, or they might do it for the caretaker who has been left in a difficult situation.”
“Either way we’re expecting a tough game because they know they’re going up against the league’s top side live on television.”
“We have to rise to that and play our own game and hopefully continue with what is a tremendous run we’re enjoying right now.”
In a selfish way we have to hope the Bristol City players are not too inspired on Saturday against Newcastle, where another 3 points is the only aim for the in-form Magpies.
Howay The Lads!!