JOHNNO REJECTS GERMAN CHANCE By Jamie Holt
MOST footballers would jump at the chance to test themselves against the world champions, but Oldham boss Lee Johnson is cut from a different cloth.
Johnson retired from playing in January 2013 and took the Latics job two months later. But that didn’t stop European football new-boys Gibraltar from asking him to turn out for them this week.
Gibraltar suffered a 7-0 defeat to Poland in their opening UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying clash and face 2014 World Cup winners Germany in November.
But 33-year-old Johnson, who qualifies for the tiny Mediterranean nation through a grandparent, respectfully declined their offer to focus on Oldham.
“It’s a funny one because my nan is a full Gibraltarian,” said Johnson.“I just got a phone call from an agent saying they are searching for players that could be eligible, would you be interested?
“I was shocked. I rang the chairman and the chairman said ‘You’ve got to do it – we’re going to get all the players there’. I think they play Germany soon!
“It was nice to be thought of but I don’t really want to be running after the world champions when we’ve got a game on Saturday!”
CALL-UP: Lee Johnson