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Last Updated: Wednesday, 12 October 2005, 09:49 GMT 10:49 UK
Johnson prepares report on City
by Paul Fletcher

Bristol City manager Gary Johnson
I have been pleased with the ways things have gone over the last couple of weeks
Gary Johnson
New Bristol City manager Gary Johnson is preparing an assessment of the club for his chairman.

Johnson, who took over at Ashton Gate on 23 September, told BBC Sport: "It has been very hectic.

"I've been given the brief to look at the club from top to bottom and report back to the chairman when he comes back from his holiday.

"It is a case of assessing on and off the field to make sure everyone is pulling in the right direction."

Johnson took over at City after more than five years in charge of Yeovil, during which time he took the Somerset club from the Conference to 15th in League One.

But he has been quick to acknowledge that the size and potential of City requires a slightly different approach.

"It is a big job and a big ask to keep such a big club in order," added Johnson, who has also managed the Latvian national team.

"The philosophy of the manager has to be that of the whole club.

"You want young lads coming through into the first team having had experience of our mentality and philosophy when playing tin the academy teams. That is very important.

"But there is a good directorship, I have a good staff with both the academy and the first team and we have enjoyed it so far."

City have started the last few seasons as one of the favourites for promotion from League One, but have endured a series of near misses and huge disappointments.

Johnson is unwilling to discuss promotion in explicit terms - preferring instead to talk about progress.

"We had a poor start to the season but I have taken over now and if we can keep progressing we will see where we are after 46 games," he said.

Yeovil celebrate scoring in an FA Cup match
At Yeovil we turned a 2,500 average gate into 7,000 - at City I hope we can turn 10,000 into 20,000
Gary Johnson

"But it is very early so no one needs to panic. Hopefully within a short space of time Bristol City will be making the right moves.

"I think there is enough quality in the squad but you always have to fine tune, however you can fine tune on the training ground as much as the transfer market.

"Sometimes what you are looking for is already under your nose and I feel I have to give the players every opportunity to prove themselves first."

Johnson is a manager who has built a reputation of bringing the best out of players.

Of the Yeovil squad of 24 who won promotion from the Conference, 16 are still at Huish Park.

And Johnson, who is currently house hunting in the Bristol area, has already started the process of improving and developing his squad.

"I have been pleased with the ways things have gone over the last couple of weeks," said the Robins boss.

"Having the international break has allowed us to put a bit of work in.

"I felt we needed to be fitter. We have three players away on international duty but the rest of us could work hard and put a mini pre-season behind us.

"I think the players will be raring to go on Saturday."


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