Johnson – No time for sentiment

FA Cup finalists Wigan and Manchester City have been given new

dates for their Premier League games rearranged because of the

Wembley showpiece.

This season’s FA Cup final will take place on Saturday, 11 May –

24 hours before Wigan were due to play Arsenal.

The Latics will now travel to the Emirates Stadium on Tuesday,

14 May – the same night City travel to Reading for their

rescheduled fixture.

City’s game against West Brom, which was due to take place last

weekend, will now be played on 7 May.

City’s FA Cup semi-final opponents Chelsea will entertain

Swansea on Sunday, 28 April because of their Europa League

semi-final with Basel the previous Thursday.

Lee Johnson, who played under his father at Bristol City and

with the Glovers, became the Football League’s youngest manager at

just 31 when charged with the task of guiding Latics to League One

safety last month.

It is only the second such showdown in English football history

– Bill Dodgin led Bristol Rovers against son Bill Jnr’s Fulham on

the first of five occasions in the 1969/70 season.

But with Yeovil chasing automatic promotion and Oldham having

edged away from the bottom three thanks to a battling 1-0 win over

Bury on Saturday, pleasantries will be saved for a family meal at

Lee’s new house in Cheshire on Wednesday.

“We are both fighting for our respective towns, directors,

supporters and players so there is a lot resting on both our

shoulders,” said the Yeovil boss.

“There cannot be any favours, too much rests on each of our

clubs getting the three points. The ideal scenario would be that

eventually we get promoted and they stay in the division.”

The 57-year-old former Northampton and Peterborough boss admits

his son’s first managerial role comes as no surprise.

“He was always destined for management because he has grown up

in that environment since he was really young,” he explained.

“I would be picking my team on a Friday night and, as a nine or

10-year-old, he had his opinion. He’d come to all the games and

chuck his opinion in.

“I was a competitive Dad and it will probably keep him in good

stead for this job where everyone is going to be competitive. I am

sure all that has helped over the years and hopefully he has grown

up humble as well as competitive.”