Football - Johnson happy at Oldham

Lee Johnson is appreciative of the universal backing he has got at Oldham as he continues to learn the trade of a football manager.

PA Sport Report

Seven managers in the Football League pyramid lost their jobs in eight days recently as itchy-fingered chairman across the country called time on bosses they deemed not up to the task.

That is simply not the case at Boundary Park, though.

Latics chairman Simon Corney has recently expressed his desire to extend the contract of Johnson, 32, after being impressed with the job the youngest manager among the 92 clubs has done since being hired in March.

Johnson has enjoyed both support and patience from the chairman, fans and players alike which has cultivated a working environment he is relishing.

"You never know in football. It's a business like no other," the Oldham boss, whose side are on a seven-match unbeaten run, said.

"It can change week to week. I certainly feel that I'm valued as a manager, as a person here.

"That's why I'm really enjoying myself and learning so much every day.

"Hopefully I'll get better as we get better and vice versa. I've got so much improving to do as a manager but I'm working as hard as I can be on an individual basis."

Johnson went on to stress the importance of community to a small club like Oldham after meeting with fans recently.

He added: "I've never felt that they're not on board. I've always been grateful for that.

"We know how important it is for a club like this for the community to buy into. At the moment I'm really pleased that everyone is and we'll continue to do our best for that."

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