Bristol City’s nine-game winning streak makes them the most in-form team in the top four divisions, yet manager Lee Johnson says the only special treatment it has earned him at home is an extra Yorkshire pudding with his Sunday roast.
City, who have risen to fifth in the Championship, last made the play-offs in 2008, when Johnson’s father, Gary, was manager and Lee was playing in the first team.
They went all the way to Wembley, failing at the last hurdle to secure back-to-back promotions. Johnson says he has been unable to take advantage of his father’s wisdom recently as Gary, now Torquay United manager, is doing an impressive job of launching his own promotion bid, guiding his sixth-tier side to the top of the National League South thanks to seven wins from eight matches.
“I haven’t actually spoken to him about it, he’s busy,” Johnson says of his father. “But the Johnson Sunday dinners at the moment are going well, because we’re both on good runs. Mum always puts an extra Yorkshire on both plates.
“I do go to him every now and again and we share [advice], actually. But he’s been there and he’s done it. I was obviously playing during that time, so I had a front-row seat, and naturally you pick up things.”