I don’t fear the sack, insists Barnsley boss Johnson

Tykes manager Lee Johnson.
Tykes manager Lee Johnson.
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Under-pressure Barnsley boss Lee Johnson will meet with club owner Patrick Cryne today claiming he does not fear the sack.

The Reds are in the bottom six of League One having lost their last four league games, including a 2-0 reverse at home to Walsall on Tuesday.

A deluge of injuries have not helped matters, and Johnson will speak to Cryne and chief executive Ben Mansford today in a ‘recruitment meeting’ aimed at bringing in two new players to bolster the Tykes squad.

Head coach Johnson is currently the longest-serving boss in South Yorkshire, with Sheffield Wednesday, Sheffield United, Doncaster Rovers and Rotherham United all changing managers since the the former Oldham chief arrived at Oakwell on February 25 this year.

“We have a recruitment meeting today, Patrick is in,” said Johnson. “We are going to talk to Patrick, give our advice and guidance.

“Patrick has been great, always been supportive and he continues to be supportive. I am sure if we ask for something, he will produce.

“But we don’t want to get it wrong. We are all frustrated.

“I speak to Patrick pretty much every day, on average every two days. We are in touch, communication lines are very good.”

Johnson has been in charge for 31 games, winning 11, drawing nine and losing 11 since arriving at Oakwell.

But he insists he is not worried about losing his job, ahead of Saturday’s visit of Fleetwood Town.

“Football is football, and so far everybody has stuck with me which is good,” he said.

“People understand what phase we are in, because it will come good. I want to be the person to deliver that.

“I don’t have fears (over the sack) because football is like that, and I give it my best every day.”