Former Northern Ireland international and Birmingham City captain has been made apart of the U21 Northen Irish management team. Along side Damien Johnson is Jim Magilton, Kevin Horlock and Mark Crossley.
Johnson had this to say on the appointment ”I am honoured to have this opportunity to play a part in developing young players for the senior international team and I am looking forward to working with Jim Magilton to do this.’
Magilton has already has time in charge of the U21 team and this is seen as a natural progression for him to take the job full-time with the help from former professionals.
Johnson himself is an excellent example of just how hard you should work on a football field and having him around younger players is certainly going to benefit their development.
The former Birmingham skipper left everything on the field, even if that did mean that he sometimes got himself into trouble with he referee, he averaged a red card a season.
now 36, Johnson was born in Lisburn – Northen Ireland and signed for Blackburn as a trainee in 1997. After a brief loan spell at Nottingham Forest he was brought to Birmingham for £100,000.
He spent 8 years in royal blue, making 191 league appearances for Birmingham, scoring 4 goals. One you may remember as the equaliser against West Brom in the Championship in March 2007 (I’ll find a video of it and post it below), before moving on to Plymouth, Huddersfield and and finally Fleetwood Town.
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