Oldham Athletic appoint the youngest manager in the Football League
Lee Johnson replaces Paul Dickov at Boundary Park
At the age of 31 most people with a career in football would still be happily charging around the pitch, but not Lee Johnson.
The former midfielder has swapped his boots for a suit to become the youngest manager of any of the 92 Football League clubs.
Johnson will manage League One Oldham Athletic after being chosen ahead of 119 other applicants for the job, which was left open following the departure of Paul Dickov back on the 3rd of February.
With many players continuing much further into their thirties – and beyond – Johnson’s decision to quit playing so early seems a strange one, but may well have been influenced by a fellow family member.
His father Gary Johnson is also a manager and as fate would have it is in charge of Yeovil Town, a fellow League One team.
This means that the pair will go head to head when Oldham meet Yeovil on April 16th at Boundary Park.
Johnson junior couldn’t have picked a much tougher job for his managerial debut, as his first task will be to ensure that his new club remain in League One for the start of next season.
The Latics have just 10 games to pull themselves out of the relegation zone they currently occupy, though they are only two points adrift and have two games in hand on the team above them.
Still, games in hand mean nothing until points are taken from them, so the new boss will be looking to hit the ground running and steer Oldham to safety.
Johnson hardly shook up the world during his time as a player, but there were some notable successes.
During his dad’s first stint as Yeovil manager, Johnson helped them to promotion out of the Conference league and after eventually reuniting with his father at Bristol City he repeated the feat; this time as part of a team who were promoted to the Championship.
He ended his playing career at Kilmarnock last season by winning the Scottish League Cup as they upset Celtic to win 1-0.
And if Johnson can retain Oldham’s League One status, it will feel like winning the cup all over again.
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