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Oldham set to unveil Johnson

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Mon, 18 Mar 2013 11:22:00

Oldham are expected to name Lee Johnson as their new manager at a press conference on Monday afternoon.

Johnson, 31, is the son of Yeovil boss Gary Johnson and has no previous managerial experience.

However, he appears to have impressed the Oldham board when he was interviewed for the job last week.

Johnson will take over from Paul Dickov, who was sacked last month due to the club's poor form in League One despite their run to the last 16 of the FA Cup.

Midfielder Johnson started his playing career as a trainee at Watford before moving on to Brighton and Yeovil, playing over 200 games for the Glovers and helping them to promotion from the Conference.

After a brief spell in Scotland with Hearts he returned south and spent over five years with Bristol City before heading north of the border once again in January 2012 to join Kilmarnock, who released him this January.

Tony Philliskirk has been in caretaker charge since Dickov's departure and Oldham remain in the League One relegation zone after three successive defeats, although they still have games in hand on the teams above them.

Johnson, who will replace MK Dons boss Karl Robinson as the youngest manager in the Football League, faces a crucial game against fellow strugglers Hartlepool at Boundary Park on Tuesday evening if he is appointed.

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