JOHNSON WAS RIGHT TO LEAVE OLDHAM
ONCE again Barnsley boss Lee Johnson conducted himself with dignity and decorum after securing a crucial victory, this time against the club he left a fortnight earlier.
It can’t have been easy for the recently-appointed Barnsley manager, who opted to leave behind the Tykes’ League One rivals less than two years after being given a chance as a mere rookie by Oldham when he was then only 31 years of age.
Many Oldham fans felt he jumped ship when Barnsley came calling, that he hadn’t shown enough loyalty after they had offered him that pre- cious first step on the managerial ladder.
But Johnson was bound to be tempted by a chance to make a switch to a club who, until last term, had spent seven seasons in the second tier, attract bigger crowds, have a bigger stadium and money to spend.
Who can begrudge an ambitious young manager that? He’s surely made the right decision, but as he displayed after the game, he maintains huge respect for Oldham.