Johnson rules out Yeovil return
Bristol City midfielder Lee Johnson has ruled out a return to Yeovil following the re-appointment of his father as manager.
By Chris Galea
Last Updated: 12/01/12 11:54am
Bristol City's out-of-favour midfielder Lee Johnson has ruled out a return to Yeovil following the re-appointment of his father as manager.
The 30-year-old enjoyed four-and-a-half years at the Somerset outfit, with dad Gary at the helm for the majority of that period.
The playmaker has struggled to break into the Robins first team this season, but impressed during a three-month loan spell at Chesterfield.
He told Sky Sports that he feels the time is right to find a new club which can offer him regular first-team football, but that it definitely will not be a return to Yeovil.
"I love Yeovil to bits and it is a massive part of my breeding to the player and person that I am today, but I definitely won't be going to Yeovil," he said.
"I've played for my dad a couple of times and we've had fantastic times together, with us both helping each other along the way.
"However, I feel that at this point in my career and life that it isn't the right thing for me to do.
"Playing for your dad is fine when you are winning and we won for the majority of the time that we were together, but there is a lot that goes with it.
"Put it this way, if I had a son I wouldn't sign him for his own sanity and that is the only way I can describe it because there are a lot of elements to it.
"Obviously, there are benefits to it because you know that there won't be any communication breakdowns and personality clashes along the way.
"We've achieved a lot together down the years and hopefully he can do something similar again down at Yeovil, but I'm keen to go elsewhere and gain more success that I believe I'm capable of doing.
"Sometimes in football you have to understand that when your time is up at a club your time is up.
"For whatever reasons it is sometimes better to seek pastures new, but the gaffer has been very good for me and I have tremendous respect for Derek McInnes.
"I came back from Chesterfield and that was the first indicator really because I wasn't recalled when Derek came in, so that told the story.
"Since I've been back I've been playing well in the reserves and training well, but for whatever reason I've not had a look-in at first-team level.
"I've given my all for this club and I will continue to do so whilst I'm here, but it seems the time has come to seek pastures new."