By David Woods

20th Feb, 2020 | 7:18am

Is this acceptable? – Phil Hay saw Lee Johnson wearing one thing v Leeds that was 'out of order'

Leeds United got back to winning ways against Bristol City last Saturday and for the Elland Road faithful there aren’t many managers they prefer getting one over on than Lee Johnson. 

We won’t repeat some of the usual insults that were directed towards Johnson from the Leeds fans but Athletic journalist Phil Hay noticed something the manager was wearing that he thought was “out of order”.

Talking on the latest episode of the Phil Hay Show podcast, it was said that Lee Johnson was his usual animated self on the touchlines.

“He was also wearing football boots,” said Phil Hay, “which I think, these days, is quite out of order for a manager.

“I was talking to Adam Hurrey who does the Football Cliches podcast and was saying, ‘Is this acceptable, a manager in a pair of football boots?’ I don’t think so.

“Trainers for Bilic, Jaap Stam… Even Bielsa, there’s no sign of studs on him.

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“But it was classic Johnson up and down the pitch. A little complaint about a penalty after the game, which I have to say was definitely a penalty, but he was actually pretty honest after the game. He knew they’d been outplayed.”


The Bristol City game was just what Leeds needed.

It might only have finished 1-0 but it could easily have been 4-0 or 5-0, and the total dominance will have given the players a new belief ahead of the final 13 games of the season.

Johnson was honest after the game, although the Leeds fans aren’t going to change their mind on him.

The football boots issue is an odd one. There’s literally no reason for a manager to be wearing studs although we suppose they gave him more grip as he paced up and down the touchline.

There was one incident where he pushed Luke Ayling away from an impromptu Bristol City team talk, but it was fairly harmless.

However, we agree with Hay – wearing studs isn’t acceptable for a manager in this day and age. The technical area just isn’t that big or muddy.

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