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Three ex-Premier League players want Bristol City manager’s job

Three ex-Premier League players are said to want the Bristol City manager’s job, according to reports coming out this week.

Yes, quite remarkably, there is a plenty of interest in the vacancy ever since the departure of Lee Johnson, as the club dropped down the Championship table.

The Robins looked to have been in contention of getting into the playoffs, however shocking form saw them drop away towards mid-table.

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Since Johnson’s exit, they have won both of their matches, and suddenly, they are back, battling with around six clubs for one of those playoff positions.

They are three points from reaching them, but sides above them such as Derby County, Millwall, Preston North End and Swanse City are hoping to replace sixth place Cardiff City, though it’s Steve Cooper’s side that have a game in hand over their Welsh counterparts.

Bristol City owner Steve Lansdown has reiterated the club are looking for a manager to take them into the Premier League.

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John Terry is one of those to have reportedly thrown his hat into the ring for the job.

Like his former team-mate Frank Lampard, he wants his own right to manage in the Championship.

The former England captain is currently assistant to Dean Smith at Aston Villa, who look set to be relegated unless they perform a miracle.

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Terry however isn’t alone in wanting the role, with Phil Neville also interested having just recently reveal his intention to leave his post as the manager of England Women manager as soon as the FA find a replacement.

Lee Bowyer, who last season won promotion from League One with Charlton Athletic, is also said to be keen on the role at Ashton Gate.

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The former Newcastle player has been linked with the job at Birmingham City, however he has claimed that there has been no contact from them about being the long-term replacement for Pep Clotet.

He said: “I’m a young boss who has got a lot of press along the way. I’ve been linked to a few other jobs before, so it doesn’t surprise me that I’m linked to this one.

“There’s been no contact. I had two-and-a-half great years there [at Birmingham]. The last time the club did anything good was when I was a player there and we won the League Cup. But the only thing I’m thinking about is keeping Charlton in the division – that’s it.”

Chris Hughton remains the favourite at 1/1 according to Sky Bet, then it’s Plymouth’s Ryan Lowe that follows him at 5/2, despite the Argyle chairman confident he will stay with the newly promoted club.

Steven Lansdown told talkSPORT this week: “It’s the usual scene, although I haven’t been in it for a while, we’ve got a lot of good applicants.

“John Lansdown and Mark Ashton are sifting through those at the moment and drawing up a shortlist.

“We have a particular type of person we want to come in, there’s been a lot of good work here by Lee, we don’t want to lose that, someone has to come in and build on that.

“The aim is to get us into the Premier League as soon as we can.”

“I’m very sad, as much as he is an employee of myself, I’ve known him a long, long time as a player here and the last four and a half years as a manager,” he explained, on the decision to part company with Johnson.

“We worked very closely together, we spent a lot of time together and it’s difficult when these situations arise. We’re in a situation where Lee has done an awful lot of good work at the club in developing the pathway from the academy and fine-tuning our recruitment process.

“When it comes to the crunch, he hasn’t got us over the line and we felt it was time to make the move, to make a change for someone who can help us make that next step.

“We discussed it before, we felt if we beat Cardiff we would have still had a chance at making that sixth place in the play-offs but we lost and that put us out of contention.

“We felt if we were going to make a change we should start now, bring a breath of fresh air into the club, everyone was on a downer at the point and anybody coming in gets plenty of time for the new season.”

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