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Hibernian: Lee Johnson promising ‘aggressive, forward-thinking’ football


Hibernian: Lee Johnson promising ‘aggressive, forward-thinking’ football

Hibernian boss Lee Johnson has promised to produce an aggressive, forward-thinking brand of football. The former Sunderland and Bristol City boss takes over from Shaun Maloney after signing a four-year deal. Hibernian finished the season eighth on the table after enduring a difficult campaign. Johnson is a former Hearts player briefly in 2006 but laughed off the notion that it would be an issue.

“Hibs are getting a hungry manager. I feel like football’s in my blood. My father’s a manager. A lot of my family are in football and I have a lot of experience despite my relatively young years. I want to bring all that to Hibs,” new Hibernian boss Lee Johnson said. “The main thing is to get a supporter base who feel attached and can identify with the performance. I want the fanbase to really be a part of our performance, that’s absolutely key for me. Can we have such a clear identity in the way we play that they can start to recognize key factors in games and therefore get behind us and support us?”

“I want an aggressive team in terms of being forward-thinking. I want players to play forward and run forward. The simple aspect is to make sure we are playing with such a tempo and high line we can force the opposition into unforced errors. I want us to be world-class in transition and you need athletic players for that with quality and good decision-making,” he added. “I don’t think my stint there was that memorable. Over 500 games as a player, I played four for Hearts. Maybe it was because I was acting as a double agent for Hibs very early! It’s part of my story. It was a really interesting time with what was going on behind the scenes [under former owner Vladimir Romanov].”

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