Bristol City boss Lee Johnson gives an insight into the world of pre-season training

Steve Chambers by Steve Chambers / 23 July 2018, 12:00

Bristol City became well known across social media last season for their goal GIFS, but the Championship club have now provided another fascinating insight to the world of football as they gave manager Lee Johnson a microphone as he put his players through pre-season training, so we could all hear how the Robins boss interacted with his players

The West Country side headed out to the Marbella Training Centre for a week's intense training ahead of the new campaign, but instead of doing all their work away from prying eyes, Johnson donned a microphone on his top, and it showed what pre-season is all about.

The video starts with Johnson catching new signing Andreas Weimann with his phone in his hand, and the 37-year-old threatens to fine the former Derby County attacker, but his teammate Joe Bryan is quick to jump in and give Weimann a get-out clause by stating the pair were looking at "killer whales".

Johnson then has an in-depth chat with youngster Taylor Moore, who has been out on loan for most of his time at Ashton Gate, but will be looking to push into the first team this season, especially with Aden Flint having departed for Middlesbrough, and the defender is given huge confidence by Johnson, who praises Moore on his performances so far.

Johnson then pulls Jens Hegeler away for chat about a few things,before the players get down to some hard training, and Johnson is vocal throughout the session pointing out ways his players can improve, as he tries to nail down some technical ideas ahead of the new campaign.

Halfway through the video, Johnson has a potential injury worry when striker Famara Diedhiou wins the ball ahead of Korey Smith, and the latter falls to the floor to the sound of Johnson saying "Alright Kor, my little hero", but the man who knocked out Manchester United with a last minute goal in last season's Carabao Cup quarter-final is OK, and training continues.

Also, Johnson takes the time to have a chat with the fans that have turned up to watch training, and warns them that they could be hit by some flying balls, as he joked about the players indifferent finishing at times.

A random part of the video sees the first £1m footballer Trevor Francis turn up and introduce himself to Johnson, and the pair briefly chat, while also during the video we see the Bristol City boss try to sing a little, but having got his song wrong he urges the media department to delete the embarrassing moment.

However, throughout the video we gain an insight to how much a manager can be hands on in training, and there's also a delightful goal from Milarn Djuric at the back-post with a smashing volley, but the whole 4:40mins video just shows the sort of stuff that goes on in training, and is well worth a watch.


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