Bristol City are currently the team to beat in the Sky Bet Championship after a very impressive run of form of late.
Lee Johnson’s men have slipped under the radar and have seemingly come out of nowhere to emerge as real play-off contenders this season, despite enduring a poor start to the campaign.
After selling a host of key players in the summer, with the likes of Aden Flint, Bobby Reid and Joe Bryan all departing Ashton Gate for higher ranked teams, the 37-year-old has done a fantastic job of turning the Robins into promotion contenders this season.
So does the manager deserve more credit than he currently receives? Here, Football League World spoke exclusively to EFL on Quest pundit Stephen Warnock and the former Liverpool defender agrees…
“My opinion on Lee Johnson is that he is doing an incredible job, and it won’t be long before someone comes knocking on the door for him.
“He’s gone to Bristol City which is his own team and his hometown, and to go there at such a young age, to manage the finances the way he does and to manage the players the way he does, sometimes it’s not easy when you’re a young manager and to go into the changing room and start calling the shots – people are looking at you and thinking; ‘what have you done in the game, how old are you?’
“But he’s earned that respect now – players are coming to sign for him because they believe in what he is doing, and that is no easy thing to do. I don’t think he would leave, because he’s got an incredible relationship with the chairman who fully backs everything that he wants to do. He deserves a huge amount of credit, as does the chairman for sticking with him.”
The race for a play-off finish is so tight this season, perhaps more tighter than any other season we have seen in recent years. Only a matter of points separates midtable from 5th and 6th position at present.
Warnock, however, believes that despite falling at the final hurdle in recent years, the Robins have enough in their squad this year to stay up there come the end of the season.
“I think they have got enough to stay up there – when you look at their form last season, especially in the Carabao Cup when they went on an incredible run, they were very strong at times over the season.
“They tend to put a winning run together of around 10 games and then tail off again and then pick up again. But they enough quality in that squad – the likes of Andi Weimann who we know is more than capable of scoring goals consistently in this division.”
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