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Meet the new manager: Gary Johnson profile

30 March 2015

Cheltenham Town's new manager: Gary Johnson

Born: Hammersmith, 28/9/55

Vastly experienced manager Gary Johnson has been involved in six promotions during his coaching career and also managed at national team level.

His first managerial post was at Cambridge United in 1993, having previously been assistant to John Beck, with whom he enjoyed back-to-back promotions and two appearances in the FA Cup quarter-finals.

Johnson’s first spell at Yeovil Town saw him win the FA Trophy in 2002 as well as securing promotion to the Football League for the first time in the Glovers’ history.

He guided Yeovil another step up the football ladder in 2004/05, winning the League Two title.

His next post was at Bristol City, who he joined in September 2005, guiding the club away from the relegation zone before winning automatic promotion from League One the following season.

His success story continued as City reached the Championship play-off final, narrowing losing out to Hull City at Wembley in 2008.

He left Ashton Gate in March 2010, joining Peterborough United a month later. A spell followed at Northampton Town followed before he returned for a second spell at Yeovil.

Johnson remarkably guided Yeovil to the Championship for the first time in 2012/13 by winning the play-off final. This success resulted in him being named the League One Manager of the Year.

In recognition of his successes with Yeovil, Johnson was presented with the Outstanding Managerial Achievement Award at The Football League Awards 2014.

Johnson now has more than 800 domestic matches under his belt as a boss. He has also served as academy director at Watford, under manager Graham Taylor, and his international experience was with Latvia, being their national coach in 1999.

Gary’s son Lee, 33, is currently manager of Barnsley, having cut his managerial teeth at Oldham Athletic. 

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