Bristol City manager Lee Johnson is pretty universally hated by Leeds United fans given his comments, particularly last season when it came to manager Marcelo Bielsa and the Spygate saga, but with the end of season clash against Aston Villa still fresh in the memory where our gaffer instructed the team to let them equalise, I’m not sure Johnson’s stock has risen in the fanbase, but plenty certainly agree with his decision on kicking the ball out of play in 2019/20.
Bristol City write to all other Championship clubs and explain new policy of not kicking ball out of play https://t.co/WFuoIBNK7O
— Guardian sport (@guardian_sport) August 6, 2019
Earlier this week The Guardian confirmed that the Ashton Gate outfit had written to fellow Championship sides to explain that they wouldn’t be voluntarily putting the ball out of play when an injury occurred, and neither did they expect the ball to be put out of play by their opposition – just let the referee decide.
“It’s fine. We sent an email out to the clubs because this happens often. Somebody goes down and sometimes it’s tactical, because people try and gain an advantage and sometimes it’s genuine. So we just decided as a club that we’re going to make a rule for the 46 games that we’re going to let the referee manage the game. So therefore if that’s our player injured or the opposition player injured, there’s a consistency there.”
The eagled eyed will remember Bielsa’s own words ahead of the Derby Play-Off clashes on the subject, so Johnson is hardly being original here.
With that said, he gained plenty of support for the decision on social media.
So basically he has just repeated almost verbatim what Marcelo said last season? He’s a great thinker is ol’ Lee.
— Simon O'Rourke (@simon_orourke) August 6, 2019
Should probably spend less time writing letters and more time putting a team together that doesn't get embarassed by us.
— Robert Hardy ???????? (@mightywrites) August 6, 2019
As long as clubs know they’ll get the same treatment from us. No more crybaby antics like Villa
— Steve ALAW (@stephenaw85) August 6, 2019
Bielsa said this last season so its not really Lee johnson’s thinking ????
— Bailey (@bail0707) August 6, 2019
The amount of times a team is on the attack and play is stopped due to a collision. It was then nonsense that the attacking team had to kick it back to their keeper. Tbh I am a fan of a contested drop ball #GetInBatty
— Al Barrie (@White_Rose_Al) August 6, 2019
Agree with him ????????
— Ashley Brookes (@ashleyjbrookes) August 6, 2019
About time ????????
— Craig_2 (@2thornton1) August 6, 2019
Totally agree! This is what Bielsa said last season too!
— Pete (@balmy85) August 6, 2019
Completely agree with this given Villa’s antics at ER last season.
— Jamie Gibson (@jamieessence) August 6, 2019
What Bielsa said last season compared to what Johnson is peddling now. pic.twitter.com/YBa9G1bzcq
— SambukaforViduka (@The_Duke_No9) August 6, 2019