Bristol City Manager Leaves Club By Mutual Consent

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!!

Comments welcome.

15 comments so far

  • Bucks mag

    Mar 18, 2010 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #1

    As Hughton said, could go either way. Look at McDermott at Reading against Liverpool in the FA Cup.
    Still I’m going to the game, so I’m hoping they’ll be pretty downbeat.

  • baro

    Mar 18, 2010 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #2

    Feel sorry for him, but hopefully we can get a good result for saturaday.

  • Paul P

    Mar 18, 2010 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #3

    It could work out in our favour and the players all feel on a downer and are in shock because of todays events. An early goal and there heads will drop hopefully. 2 nill newcastle i think.

  • boater

    Mar 18, 2010 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #4

    If only we could perform half as well away as we do at home, we would have been promoted by january… going for an away TV draw (as usual).

  • Robby Bobson

    Mar 18, 2010 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #5

    Ridiculous! Bristol City will got he way of many other teams who sack their manager because they do not reach unrealistic targets…he took them to the brink of promotion….for Bristol!!?

    Now hes got the sack. Saw it with Preston as well sacking Irvine. Don’t have much sympathy usually for sacked managers if they are on huge contracts and not doing there job successfully, but still get huge compensation packets (wich a normal person wouldnt).

    But i mean come on, whats he done wrong?

  • Toonmania

    Mar 18, 2010 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #6

    has anyone seen a week after lualua was saying he wouldn’t mind making his loan spell at brighton permanent he’s back on tyneside lol!! i knew the boy couldn’t keep away 😀

  • Captain Beefheart

    Mar 18, 2010 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #7

    We really need to get this promotion thing done and dusted ASAP so we can experiment with untried players in competitive games. As such, this should be another 3 points & 3 goal banker, if we put the easy chances away. 1-3 would just about be acceptable. The lack of either expectation or ruthlessness among supporters can transmit itself to the team – and has done too many times in the past.

    Put simply Bristol City are pants, and we need to stop worrying about losing to such a team. It should be over and done with by half time & if not we keep wearing them down for the full 96 minutes until they fold – we are a top of the table professional club with international players & Premiership aspirations fr’chrs’sk!

    A draw would be nothing short of embarrassing, boater. A loss should be unthinkable. Three points – period!

  • Turkish Magpie

    Mar 18, 2010 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #8

    Captain Beef- I agree with you that we need to get this promotion over and dusted with so we can test youngsters and i agree it’s the perfect oppurtunity.

    However, no match is easy in this league and i beleive if we win all our home games anyhting away is a bonus

  • Turkish Magpie

    Mar 18, 2010 at 7:21 PM

    Comment #9

    of course we can still get promoted by losing all of our games, just as long as forest do aswell 🙂 so it’s a maximum of 5 games that we need to win to get promoted

  • baro

    Mar 18, 2010 at 7:59 PM

    Comment #10

    Yesterdays highlights at the bottom of the page.

  • baro

    Mar 18, 2010 at 8:01 PM

    Comment #11

    Wow Juventus had a 3-1 win over Fulham in the Europa League for the first game, but Fulham turn it all around with a 4-1 win over Juventus.

  • nufc2009

    Mar 18, 2010 at 9:20 PM

    Comment #12

    just thinking i hope if we get promoted i hope that shay given wont get booed after all he is a legend

  • Newutd

    Mar 18, 2010 at 11:37 PM

    Comment #13

    Haha, why you thinking about Given?

  • kobrakai

    Mar 19, 2010 at 1:17 AM

    Comment #14

    The match is being streamed live here on Saturday – (apparently)

  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Mar 19, 2010 at 7:38 AM

    Comment #15

    Just seen that Lovenkrands is injured I hope they play Ranger & not Best in his place. Knowing KH he’ll probably go for a 5 man midfield


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