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Bristol City owner discusses rumours linking key man with Premier League club

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Bristol City owner Stephen Lansdown has claimed that he is unaware of any approach from West Bromwich Albion for manager Lee Johnson, according to The Bristol Post.

Johnson has been heavily linked with the vacant managerial post at West Brom, who are searching for a new full-time boss to replace Alan Pardew ahead of the 2018/19 campaign.

Alongside Johnson, West Brom are said to be considering Brentford’s Dean Smith and their current caretaker manager Darren Moore, who has led the Baggies to some impressive results since taking over from Pardew – including wins against Manchester United, Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur.

Johnson was thought to be the top choice for the West Midlands outfit but Lansdown is yet to receive any approach from West Brom.

The Bristol City owner has also asserted that they will reject any approach from West Brom – who look set to play in the Championship next term unless they can complete a miraculous survival – as he wants Johnson at Ashton Gate.

The 36-year-old has been impressive this season, guiding the Robins to the League Cup semi-finals and leading a promotion push for most of the campaign.

Bristol City rate Johnson highly and see him as an integral part of their future plans.

The Verdict

Loyalty works two ways.

Bristol City stuck with Johnson when the fans were calling for his head last year and he helped steer them to safety, followed by this impressive showing.

But now with West Brom calling, Johnson needs to show Bristol City the same loyalty that they showed him and remain at the club, focused on his project at Ashton Gate.

Bristol City fans – Will you keep Johnson? Let us know below…

NCTJ-qualified journalist - University of Birmingham undergraduate - King's College London postgraduate - Coventry City and West Ham United

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