The Manager Merry-Go-Round 2018/19 – Vol. 2: Johnson

There just seems to be too many Garys in the Football League these days. Following Gary Bowyer leaving Blackpool a couple of weeks ago, Gary Johnson has now been relieved of his duties from League Two’s Cheltenham.

Johnson was League Two’s second longest-serving manager, after guiding The Robins back into The Football League, and then securing survival in the following two seasons. But Johnson was sacked after just four games of the season – 3 losses and a draw. And it’s Lee Carsley who is the favourite to take over at Whaddon Road, with journeyman Steve Cotteril second-favourite with the bookies.

So that’s two down, two to go, with the Championship and the Premier League still waiting for their first departure of the season. It’s inlikely to be long in the second tier, as a handful of managers are already under pressure. 57% of the poll on @liquid_football think that Steve McLaren will be the first Championship manager to lose his job, whilst 19% are backing Paul Clement of Reading for the axe.

In the Premier League, Puel still remains the favourite for the chop, but with Jose Mourinho seemingly losing the confidence of the players, the board and a lot of the Manchester United fans, could the former-special one be heading for the exit sooner rather than later?

So what next for Johnson? Whilst he was managing in the Championship with Yeovil not all that long ago, it seems like an age since he almost guided Bristol City into the Premier League, and he doesn’t hold anywhere near as much prestige in the Football League as he once did. Lower-League Two, or upper-Conference will likely be his next destination.