The brilliant Bailey Wright story that tells Sunderland fans everything they need to know about Lee Johnson's man-management

Man-management is a huge part of the modern game – and is considered a strength of Sunderland’s new Head Coach, Lee Johnson

Sunday, 6th December 2020, 10:00 am

Johnson developed a strong rapport with his playing squad during his time at former club Bristol City, as he established the Robins in the top half of the Championship.

Part of his squad at Ashton Gate for the vast majority of his reign was Bailey Wright, with the duo sharing a great deal of mutual respect.

And as the pair prepare to reunite at the Stadium of Light, it’s worth revisiting a story that Johnson recently told on his Linkedin page – which tells fans everything they need to know about his approach to man-management.

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Bailey Wright and Lee Johnson during their time at Bristol City

Johnson wrote: 'The power of introduction is a great leadership and inspirational technique/tool to use.

"Here is an example of how I have used this technique in my management style.

"Bailey Wright was such a fantastic captain for me. Bailey is as good as it gets on a human level as well as being a brilliant footballer. One day I realised I hadn’t told him enough how much I value his contribution.

"Ian Wright was coming in to the training ground that day. I asked Ian if I could introduce him to Bailey. Ian was a idol for Bailey and on introduction, my words were …

“Ian, this is Bailey Wright, he is a warrior, leader ,a top centre half and the best captain I’ve ever had. However,more importantly, he is a fantastic person!“

"Instantly Bailey, Ian and I, all felt good! A fantastically open and honest conversation followed.'

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