Gary Rowett could become the next manager of Bristol City with the pressure increasing on Lee Johnson
Bristol City continue to hover just above the Championship relegation zone and there are an increasing number of fans who want a change of manager.
Lee Johnson enjoyed a bright start to the season at Ashton Gate, although the past few months have been dismal and Wednesday’s 2-0 home defeat against Fulham leaves the Robins just two points above the relegation zone.
Johnson is now under serious pressure after making the move from Barnsley last season, with Gary Rowett among the names being mentioned as a possible replacement, although no bookmaker has currently priced up the market while the current manager remains in place.
Jimmy-Floyd Hasselbaink is also likely to be interested should the position become vacant, with plenty of applications likely for a potential position that simply seems too big for Lee Johnson to currently fill.
Johnson has vowed to continue fighting at the club and it’s worth noting that a similar occurrence took place at Oakwell last season before the manager started to make his mark and the Tykes ended up rising through the League One table and enjoying promotion.
Johnson’s side go to Newcastle on Saturday and the manager claims that the team need more bite in midfield when they face the league leaders for what could potentially be his final match in charge.
He said: “It gives me a very simple team selection for Saturday because we need that bite in midfield.
“We were just too far off them (Fulham), that was the bit that was frustrating.
“We’ll go to Newcastle as the underdog and I’ll certainly pick a team full of energy.
“I’m up for the fight…I’ll never lose the belief. We’ve had a full and frank discussion in the dressing room and needed it.
“I apologise to everybody for the performance. I’ll never shirk it. I have to take it on the chin.
“You’ve got to run with heart at times. If you’re low in confidence then you have to do everything to make something happen.
“We played into their hands and we’ve got to learn – and quicker.
“The energy and bite was lacking tonight.
“I understand the fans’ frustrations. We’ve got to find a way of getting in people’s faces.
“We were just too far off them and we’ve allowed them to boss it in the end.”