Boss Gary Johnson leaves Bristol City by mutual consent
Lansdown plays down bust-up
Bristol City manager Gary Johnson has left his position at the Championship club by mutual consent.
Assistant manager Keith Millen will take temporary charge at Ashton Gate.
"I'm obviously disappointed to be leaving but we felt it was right that I look for a new challenge," Johnson told BBC Radio Bristol.
"[Chairman] Stephen Lansdown and I always said when we both felt the time was right for a fresh face we would both know that time."
Johnson continued: "You know when people stop laughing at your jokes it's time to leave.
"It's been a difficult couple of months and we've all been under pressure to try and sustain a challenge in what is a very, very difficult league.
"A lot of these lads have worked very hard to get this club to be a comfortable Championship club and I don't feel that people were giving them enough credit for that."
Lansdown had played down reports the decision was partly because of an alleged dressing room bust-up at half-time during the 3-2 defeat by Plymouth on Tuesday.
He told BBC Points West: "Footballers will tell you [dressing rooms] can be fairly violent places at times. Tempers get frayed as people express their opinions and managers try to get their players geed up.
"As far as I'm aware that's all that happened. That's nothing to do with the decision taken today and is forgotten about."
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