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Gary Johnson
Personal information
Date of birth 28 September 1955 (1955-09-28) (age 54)
Place of birth Fulham, London, England
Club information
Current club None
Teams managed
Years Team
1993–1995 Cambridge United
1995–1997 Kettering Town
1999–2001 Latvia
2001–2005 Yeovil Town
2005–2010 Bristol City

Gary Johnson (born 28 September 1955 in Fulham, London) is a former English football manager.


Management career

He was formerly with Bristol City,Cambridge United, Kettering Town, Watford (as director of their youth academy) and Yeovil Town. He has also managed the Latvian National Team.


Cambridge United

Johnson was manager at Newmarket Town F.C. where he was persuaded to join Cambridge United as Reserve Team manager in 1988. Appointed as Assistant Manager in 1990, Johnson helped John Beck organise the U's remarkable rise in the early 1990s, in which they came within two matches of becoming the first club to rise from the old Fourth Division to the top flight in successive seasons. Johnson was briefly caretaker manager in late 1992 and then took charge from 1993 until 1995.

Kettering Town

After being sacked by Cambridge, Johnson took over as manager of Kettering Town, but was sacked in the 1996-97 season and moved to Watford, as director of their youth academy.


He was approached by the Latvian football authorities for help, and became coach of their national team for two years from 1999 to 2001.

Whilst coaching Latvia, he spotted the potential of Marian Pahars and recommended him to Southampton's manager Dave Jones, who invited Pahars for a trial before signing him in March 1999. He also recommended Igors Stepanovs to Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger.[citation needed]

He resigned after a 1-1 draw with San Marino, signalling an end to a reign which is widely recognised as the least successful in the countries history.[1]

Yeovil Town

Returning to England, Johnson was appointed manager of Yeovil. In his first year in charge the Glovers won the FA Trophy and finished third in the Football Conference; the following year they won the greater prize of the Conference championship and promotion to the Football League. Yeovil were immediately contenders in the League and were Division Three champions at the second attempt.

During a Carling Cup game against Plymouth Argyle, Johnson's son (Lee Johnson) accidentally scored a goal after attempting to play the ball back to Argyle's keeper (who had kicked the ball out because of an injury to a Yeovil player). In a show of good sportsmanship Gary Johnson told his players to allow Argyle to walk the ball into the net to level the score at 1-1, avoiding controversy. Yeovil went on to win the game 3-2, with Lee Johnson scoring a hat-trick.

Bristol City

Despite turning down an approach from Derby County in the summer of 2005, Johnson became Bristol City's target when their manager Brian Tinnion resigned that September. Yeovil agreed compensation terms and he became City's manager on 26 September 2005. Despite a long losing streak through October and November, City's fortunes turned around under Johnson and a good run of form in the second half of the season saw them in play-off contention, eventually finishing ninth. Johnson won the League One Manager of the Month award for April 2006. After an impressive 2006-07 season (including an 18 match unbeaten run), Johnson won the award again in March 2007 after successfully guiding his side to 16 points from seven games the previous month. This had set Bristol City in a good spot to contend for automatic promotion, which they sealed 5 May 2007 with a 3-1 home win over Rotherham on the last day of the season.

On 6 September 2007 Gary Johnson and assistant Keith Millen both signed 2 and a half year contract extensions keeping them at the club until 2010.

Johnson is a popular interviewee for the media because if his ability to come up with good quotes and avoid the usual clichés many managers respond with. He is known as a great man-manager and motivator but with a sense of humour. He famously promised during an interview to bare his backside in Burton's window if Bristol City defender Liam Fontaine ever scored. Fontaine duly netted (possibly with more help than usual from his mischievous team mates though this is hard to prove) but Johnson avoided being window dressing by offering the player shots at his derrière whilst wearing boxer shorts with a target painted on them.

In the 2007-08 season he kept Bristol City in the top six of the Championship for almost the entire season and in the top two for a long time. The team were the surprise package of the season. Bristol City eventually lost the playoff final to Hull City at Wembley and were not promoted to the Premiership. Johnson made his players stay on the pitch after the match and watch the Hull City players celebrate as a motivational experience for the next campaign.

In the summer before the 2008/09 season he broke the club record for a transfer fee in signing 21-year old Nicky Maynard from Crewe Alexandra F.C. for £2.25 million. This was after attempts for Emad Meteb and Michael Mifsud broke down.

Bristol city's famous chant of 'Johnson says bounce around the ground' was inspired by Gary Johnson who was quoted to saying in an interview before a league game that he wanted the fans bouncing around.

In September 2008 Johnson signed a new five-year contract with Bristol City, to keep him at the club until 2013. [2] Big defeats by Cardiff City (0-6) and Doncaster Rovers (2-5) in early 2010 lead to much disatisfaction amongst fans about the manager and[3] on 18 March 2010, the club issued a statement that Johnson had "left his post as manager of Bristol City FC by mutual consent".[4]


Managerial statistics

As of 18 March 2009.[5][6]
Team Nat From To Record
G W D L Win %
Cambridge United England 22 October 1992 1 April 1995 &0000000000000135.000000135 &0000000000000041.00000041 &0000000000000037.00000037 &0000000000000057.00000057 &0000000000000030.37000030.37
Latvia Latvia 5 September 1999 26 April 2001 &0000000000000014.00000014 &0000000000000004.0000004 &0000000000000008.0000008 &0000000000000002.0000002 &0000000000000028.57000028.57
Yeovil Town England 19 June 2001 23 September 2005 &0000000000000221.000000221 &0000000000000116.000000116 &0000000000000046.00000046 &0000000000000059.00000059 &0000000000000052.49000052.49
Bristol City England 26 September 2005 18 March 2010 &0000000000000224.000000224 &0000000000000093.00000093 &0000000000000067.00000067 &0000000000000064.00000064 &0000000000000041.52000041.52
Total &0000000000000600.000000600 &0000000000000246.000000246 &0000000000000140.000000140 &0000000000000174.000000174 &0000000000000041.00000041.00




2007-8 Play off finalists - Bristol City




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