Former Bristol City star Lee Johnson appointed Oldham manager
RELEGATION-threatened Oldham have announced the appointment of rookie manager Lee Johnson as their new boss.
Former Bristol City midfielder Johnson fought off competition from 120 applicants to land the role after impressing chairman Simon Corney.
He takes over from Paul Dickov, who departed last month, and inherits a side who lie 21st in the npower League One table. He will be in the dugout for tonight's crucial game against fellow strugglers Hartlepool.
Johnson, 31, the son of Yeovil boss Gary Johnson, becomes the youngest manager in the Football League, with the Boundary Park job his first managerial role after a playing career with Yeovil, Bristol City and Kilmarnock.
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Johnson takes the reins from caretaker manager Tony Philliskirk, who leaves the League One side two points from safety with two games in hand on the teams above them.
In his playing days, the Suffolk-born midfielder achieved a double promotion in a five-year spell at Yeovil under the management of his father before he moved to Hearts in 2006 where he picked up a Scottish Cup medal.
Johnson then rejoined his father at Bristol City, where he celebrated promotion to League One before reaching the 2008 play-off final, where the Robins lost 1-0 to Hull at Wembley.
He ended his playing career at Kilmarnock, where he won the Scottish League Cup, and now faces an immediate challenge to escape relegation as he follows his father's footsteps into management.