In an interview with BristolLive, Bristol City CEO Mark Ashton has revealed that he isn’t concerned about manager Lee Johnson departing for a Premier League club in the future.
Ashton said: “No, bizarrely I don’t worry about it. Listen, I want Lee, I want players and I want staff to be the best they can be and experience life in the Premier League, but I want them to experience it with Bristol City.
“If any player of staff member feel that their progression is moving quicker than the club’s and it’s right for them to go, then it’s right for them to go. But I’ll tell you what, the grass isn’t always greener.
“I think, and people get bored of me saying it, our ownership and our stability is so important.”
Johnson has been in charge at Ashton Gate for almost four years now, having arrived from Barnsley in February 2016, and he has managed the club through 193 games, winning 77 of them, as the 38-year-old seeks to be the first manager in charge of the Robins in the Premier League.
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The former Oldham Athletic boss will have the chance of reaching 200 games in charge of Bristol City when his side hosts Brentford on New Years Day.
The young manager has shown that he can be innovative and his attention to detail while on the training ground has had a big effect on just how far Johnson is capable of taking City.
He has lifted them up into the top half of the Championship table and they are currently gunning for a play-off place, sat fifth in the table after a 5-2 win against Huddersfield Town on Saturday.
Johnson has already classed Bristol City as being a Premier League club in the making, as being revealed in the early parts of 2018.
Lee Johnson has the potential of being a Premier League manager, but could well do it with Bristol City if they continue the run of form that the side is currently on.
The manager’s loyalties lie firmly with the Robins, and that is unlikely to be tested unless a very attractive offer comes in for his services while Bristol City are still in the Championship.