The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE -

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.

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