Lee Johnson’s Bristol City have endured a dismal run of form as of late and currently sit 13th in the Championship table, but how long can Johnson remain as the Robins gaffer?
Many Bristol City supporters have called for Johnson to be sacked as head coach after seven games without a win in the Championship and an early exit in the Carabao Cup – a competition that proved successful for City last season after a run to the semi-finals where they suffered defeat to Manchester City.
Bristol City’s current run of form has led to Johnson chopping and changing the starting XI as well as the formation. Last week at home to Preston, the former Barnsley and Oldham boss swapped to a back-five, only for Preston to eventually come out narrow winners courtesy of a strike from former player Callum Robinson.
Former City manager Steve Cotterill pulled off the same acts before he was sacked back in 2016, despite leading the club back to the Championship and completing the double just 256 days before.
After last Saturday’s defeat at home to a Preston side who were embedded in the relegation zone before the game, Johnson confessed that his side looked void of confidence and ideas, and that it was the worst performance he’d seen at Ashton Gate this season.
Despite the Robins run of form, BristolLive and Sky Sports reporter Michelle Owen stated that sacking Lee Johnson would make no sense whatsoever and she stood by that after the defeat to Preston North End.
Johnson’s Bristol City have also suffered 16 losses in 38 Championship matches since January 1st, managing just on average one point a game, a stat that is very disappointing to say at the least.
It’s not just the mediocre performances and lack of ideas that have been a problem either, with scoring goals at Ashton Gate seeming difficult. City have managed to score more than one goal at home just once this season, with that coming in a 4-1 win against Blackburn Rovers. The Robins have scored more than once in four away games but in just one of those they came out victorious.
The run up to Christmas is crucial for Lee Johnson and his Bristol City side with them facing the likes of Derby County, Leeds United and Norwich City in the next month or so.
Leeds are next up for Bristol City as the Robins head to Elland Road next weekend, looking to snatch a point or three against Marcel Bielsa’s side who have lost just thrice this season.
Bristol City Upcoming Fixtures:
24.11 – Leeds United (A)
28.11 – Ipswich Town (A)
02.12 – Millwall (H)
08.12 – Birmingham City (A)
15.12 – Norwich City (H)
22.12 – Derby County (A)
26.12 – Brentford (H)
29.12 – Rotherham United (H)
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