A memorable League Cup win over Manchester United, turning Bristol City into a play off pushing side, Lee Johnson’s time at Ashton Gate has come to an end after a 1-0 defeat to Cardiff City. But who will be the next manager to take the next step for the Robins?
It has been a rocky few years for the Robins, achieving promotion back to the Championship in 2015, the closest the club has come to the top flight was in 2008 when they reached the Championship play off final losing 1-0 to Hull City.
However, recent form has not been kind for Bristol City, they have failed to win a single game since February with a 1-0 defeat at the hands of their closest rivals bringing an end to Johnsons tenure.
Here are three options we at All Out Football believe could be the next to take the throne.
The bookies favourite for the job, Chris Houghton has a wealth of experience in the Championship getting both Newcastle and Brighton promoted to the Premier League.
His promotion with Brighton showed just how good of a manager he is in the second tier. Houghton ended his rain at the Amex Stadium at the end of last season when he left the Seagulls by mutual consent with Graham Potter taking over as manager from Swansea City.
Houghton still has his admires with Sheffield Wednesday linked with the 61 year old but rumour has it he rejected the offer.
Bringing in players such as Anthony Knockaert and Glen Murray back to the Seagulls allowed Houghton to play an expansive style of football and with Niclas Eliasson at his disposal he could turn the Robins into a promotion candidate.
Games – 446
Won – 181
Drawn – 122
Loss – 143
Win Percentage – 40.6%
The current manager of Liga Nos side Rio Ave, Carlos Carvahal was an unknown manager just a few years ago, but two and a half seasons in the Championship at the helm of Sheffield Wednesday made him a household name.
Taking the Owls to the Championship play off final in his first year in English football was a massive achievement, with the dream of promoting the South Yorkshire club back to the Premier League ending in a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Hull City.
Carvahal was known for his attacking football at Sheffield Wednesday and already has experience with Robins right back Jack Hunt who was part of the Wednesday squad that made the play off final.
City may struggle to get their hands on the Portuguese man though with Rio Ave sitting sixth in the Primera Liga and a compensation fee may have to be paid by the Robins.
Games – 631
Drawn – 169
Losses – 193
Win Percentage 42.63%
Perhaps the biggest outsider for the Bristol City job is ex Watford and Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic.
The 51 year old Serbian helped get both sides he has managed on these shores promoted to the Premier League much like Houghton. However, his tenure in charge of Fulham was a mixed bag of emotions.
He took the London based club from the relegation zone in the Championship to a play off final win over Aston Villa, however, his experience in the Premier League did not last long as he was sacked after a streak of seven winless games.
This would be the dream appointment for Robins fans, as his attacking style of play was enteraining to watch whilst he was in charge at Fulham opting to play a 4-3-3 formation with current Fulham striker Alexander Mitrovic leading the line.
Jokanovic has the least amount of experience under his belt as a manager but his winning percentage is the highest of the other two managers mentioned.
Games – 218
Wins – 100
Draws – 47
Losses – 71
Win Percentage – 45.9%
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