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Lee Johnson takes charge of Bristol City

Bristol City have appointed Lee Johnson as head coach on a three-and-a-half year contract.

The 34-year-old was given permission to speak to the Robins on Friday after the Championship strugglers triggered a release clause in his contract at Barnsley.

Johnson made 199 appearances as a player over six seasons at Ashton Gate and helped the club to promotion in 2007 but he takes over with City in the relegation zone in the second tier, albeit on goal difference.

Bristol City's chief operating officer Mark Ashton says Johnson is the right man for the job: "Lee is a very bright, intelligent young man who is highly motivated and very detailed in his approach. He's well-known to the club; fans, stakeholders and staff.

"He is one of the up-and-coming coaches in the country and having interviewed him, I had no hesitation in recommending to the board that Lee is the right fit for this football club."

West Brom see off Bristol City thanks to Rondon

Salomon Rondon's first FA Cup goal saw West Brom past Bristol City in their third round replay at Ashton Gate.

Rondon settled the tie 1-0 in Albion's favour with only his fourth goal for the Baggies since completing a £12million move from Zenit St Petersburg last August.

Salomon Rondon struck the winner. Credit: PA

The Venezuelan had not scored since the end of October, but he lived up to his hefty price tag with a delightful 52nd-minute finish after stealing between City defenders Aden Flint and Derrick Williams to control Craig Dawson's cross.

Tony Pulis' Premier League side were well worth the victory and might feel a decent cup run is on the agenda with Sky Bet League One Peterborough their fourth-round visitors to The Hawthorns.


Shaun Maloney salvages point for Hull at Bristol City

Substitute Shaun Maloney slotted home a second-half equaliser as Sky Bet Championship leaders Hull were made to fight all the way for a 1-1 draw by Bristol City at Ashton Gate.

Maloney is mobbed after his goal. Credit: PA

While the visitors showed the greater quality, their hosts left the pitch to a rousing ovation having battled from first whistle to last.

Kieran Agard fired the Robins in front after 39 minutes after Andrew Robertson brought down Elliott Bennett on the right side of the penalty area.

Luke Freeman's inswinging free-kick caused havoc and the hosts appealed for handball before Agard pounced on the loose ball to net with a left-footed short on the turn.

Hull had to wait until the 73rd minute to equalise when Harry Maguire broke clear onto a Mohamed Diame flick and produced an emphatic right-footed finish with only Frank Fielding to beat.

Bristol City agree £9m fee for Brentford striker

Andre Gray will cost you a few quid. Credit: PA

Brentford striker Andre Gray could be set for a big-money move to Bristol City.

Press Association Sport understands City have met the Bees' valuation for the 24-year-old, which is believed to be around £9million.

Gray was also a target for Sky Bet Championship rivals Hull, but they were unwilling to meet the asking price.

Bristol City have Gayle bid accepted

Gayle could be heading to Ashton Gate. Credit: PA

Championship side Bristol City are hoping to sign Dwight Gayle from Crystal Palace after manager Steve Cotterill said the Premier League club have accepted their bid for the English forward.

Gayle, who would have to drop a division if the transfer goes ahead, has yet to speak to the Robins about the potential deal.

The striker, 24, joined Palace from Peterborough for a reported £6m in July 2013 and scored five Premier League goals for the club last season.

"He's someone we'd like to have at the football club," Cotterill said. "We've had a bid accepted and that's as far as it's gone.

"We need to speak to the player and his agent. I don't think anything has changed whilst we've been playing."


Bristol City win promotion to the Championship

Bristol City secured promotion in style. Credit: PA

Bristol City became the first side in the Football League to win promotion as they booked their place in next season's Sky Bet Championship by battering Bradford 6-0.

The Robins reached 92 points with their 27th league victory of the season at Valley Parade thanks to James Tavernier's brace and further goals from Joe Bryan, Luke Ayling, Aden Flint and Aaron Wilbraham.

Tavernier, who went up as a Rotherham player out of League One last year, fired in the opener after his initial effort was blocked before Bryan jumped highest to double Bristol City's advantage.

Ayling's fortuitous effort made it 3-0 after the break, Flint then headed a free-kick home, Tavernier stabbed in his second and Wilbraham rolled home a sixth to seal victory and promotion.

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