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Bristol City boss distances himself from Villa job

Lee Johnson is staying with Bristol City. Credit: PA

Bristol City boss Lee Johnson has distanced himself from the vacant Aston Villa job.

The 35-year-old is being tracked by Villa as they look to replace Roberto Di Matteo after sacking the Italian on Monday following a poor start to the season.

Johnson is on the club's list along with caretaker boss Steve Clarke, Brentford manager Dean Smith, Huddersfield's David Wagner and Steve Bruce, who is available after leaving Hull in the summer.

Former Oldham boss Johnson only joined the Robins on a three-and-a-half year deal from Barnsley in February and insisted he is happy at Ashton Gate.

"I always dreamed of being here and earning my stripes as a coach, so why would I want to leave when I'm so happy," he told the Bristol Post.

"I'm not going to comment on other things, I just wanted people to know how I feel. I'm fiercely ambitious, don't get me wrong, but my ambition is being channelled into Bristol City. This is my place.

"I have a really exciting group of players and I want to see where it can take us. Crowds are on the up at Ashton Gate, we have a fantastic revamped stadium and this is a club going places."

Aston Villa sign striker Kodjia from Bristol City

Championship side Aston Villa have snapped up striker Jonathan Kodjia from Bristol City.

The fee for Kodjia could rise to £15million, with the forward signing a four-year deal at Villa Park.


Bristol City signing England under-19s captain

Taylor Moore came through the ranks at Lens. Credit: PA

Championship side Bristol City have signed England Under-19's captain Taylor Moore from Lens.

The young centre-back has signed a three-year-deal at Ashton Gate after coming through the ranks at the French club.

This again shows our desire to bring in top-quality young talent.

Taylor has captained England Under-19s, which is one of the golden age groups for the current England crop.

He's very intelligent, has excellent potential. There aren't many young, English centre-halves around as good as he is, so we're delighted to have secured his services.

– Bristol City manager Lee Johnson

Bristol City bring in Chelsea youngster on loan

Tammy Abraham will spend a season in the Championship. Credit: PA

Championship side Bristol City have signed teenage striker Tammy Abraham on a season-long loan from Chelsea.

Abraham, who has made two first-team appearances for Chelsea, will wear the No.9 shirt and is available to face Wigan this weekend.

Tammy is a top class player who I believe has a very bright future in the game.

We’re delighted that all of the club’s hard work has paid off. He’s one we’ve been chasing for a long time and we’ve remained patient to get this deal over the line in time for the new season.

We’re very grateful to Chelsea and (manager) Antonio Conte for allowing one of England’s bright young talents to join us and we’re now able to give him the chance to showcase himself in the Championship.

– Bristol City manager Lee Johnson

Stoke forward Odemwingie joins Bristol City on loan

Odemwingie is heading to the West Country. Credit: PA

Bristol City have signed forward Peter Odemwingie on loan from Stoke until the end of the season.

Odemwingie, 34, restricted to eight appearances this season, will go straight into Lee Johnson's squad for Saturday's Sky Bet Championship game at Fulham.

"I'm delighted we've been able to bring someone of Peter's quality in. He'll provide us with experience and hopefully goals in one form or another," manager Johnson told the club's official website.

"I'm looking forward to working with him and he'll be available for us at Fulham."

Bristol City to sign Sunderland defender on loan

Bristol City manager Lee Johnson has confirmed he is close to bringing in Sunderland's Adam Matthews on loan.

The Welshman, 24, has only played twice for the Black Cats since moving from Celtic in the summer and Johnson is confident he can reignite his career in the Sky Bet Championship.

Adam Matthews has struggled at Sunderland. Credit: PA

In quotes published on the Robins' official Twitter account, Johnson said: "Adam Matthews has lost his way a bit since going to Sunderland, but not long ago he was marking (Lionel) Messi for Celtic.

"People will wonder why we're bringing in another right-back. It gives us manoeuvrability with Luke Ayling."


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.

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