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John Eustace issues statement on being sacked as Birmingham City manager

John Eustace issues a statement on being sacked as Birmingham City manager despite guiding the club to 6th in the Championship table.

Eustace came in to replace Lee Bowyer as head coach of the club on the 3rd of July 2022, making it his first managerial role in the EFL, and signed a three-year contract.

Despite his side being the bookies’ odds-on favourite to finish 24th for 2022-23, Eustace guided them to its highest points tally since 2016, successfully avoiding relegation amid a backdrop of off-field struggles.

On the 9th of October 2023, Eustace was sacked with the club citing the importance of the board of directors and management being fully aligned on the culture of the football club as the reason behind the decision.

An impressive start to the season had seen the club sitting in the playoffs with eighteen points from eleven matches.

Eustace said in his statement via LMA: โ€œI would like to thank Craig Gardner for giving me the opportunity to become the manager of Birmingham City Football Club.

โ€œWhen I came into the job fifteen months ago there was a lot of uncertainty surrounding the club and we had some very challenging times, but there was a determination and focus from all of the staff and players to make sure we came through those times together. The development of the players and the staff over that period is there for everyone to see and I feel we have left the club in a much stronger position then when we first arrived.

โ€œI would like to thank the players who went out onto the pitch every week and fought for each other with a togetherness and spirit of which Birmingham City Football Club is all about.

โ€œAs for the fans, you have been amazing! I wanted to bring that connection back between you and the team and I feel that we did that. You supported us through the good times and the tough times. You never lost faith and your loyalty and passion has been outstanding.

โ€œIt has been an honour and a privilege to have served the fans and the club in the city where I was born and grew up in. I leave with a heavy heart, however I would like to wish everyone at the football club huge success in the future.โ€

Fans reacted with sympathy towards John Eustace as he issues a statement on being sacked as Birmingham City manager…

@_chancey_: Pure class, Thanks for everything JE ๐Ÿ’™

@JohnR200: A classy statement, no more than expected from a gentleman. Won’t be long before another club snaps him up.

@darrenbjohn: John Eustace seems a thoroughly nice bloke.

@Walshyyup: Take the Ireland job, even if itโ€™s not offered just walk in the door, throw Kenny out and take over

@BluesAnalytics_: Class act. Go well John ๐Ÿ‘ #bcfc

@lennonkian_: Classy as always. Good luck in the future John.

@hattonjohnp: Such poise, grace, finesse. A class act. I hope his career goes from strength to strength from here. He deserves it.

@MarkBcfc3: Top bloke, all the best to him going forward ๐Ÿ’™ #bcfc

@decsssss: Fuck me man what a guy

@lbcfc1993: Classy ๐Ÿ’™ Iโ€™m sure some of the clowns on here will have something to say about it

@SeanFerris1: Class as ever ๐Ÿค๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ

@JacksSwansea: Got sacked because he wasnโ€™t a big name. Gotta feel sorry for him

@GiblinTez: Boss man speaks. Thank you for steadying the ship. You held it together, gave the fans a connection and always made time. You will go on to greater things I’m sure. Full respect and thank you ๐Ÿ‘ kro

@EClarky97: So long sweet prince. Up the badge tapper.

@bcfcmaim: SOBBING.

@YouBearsssssss: Absolute class from a very classy man….๐Ÿ‘ Hes always welcome back at Blues!! As Garry Cook said IF it wasn’t for Eustace keeping us up Tom Wagner/Knighthead would NOT have invested in us!!!!! Lots to thank Eustace for๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ’™ #BCFC

@joshwba__: Shouldn’t have been sacked tbh

@mynameismrjrb: An absolute gent. Been a long time since the fanbase has resonated with a manager as much as we have with Eustace. He restored pride and brought that connection back. Wish him every success in the future. One of footballs nicest blokes.

@_talkingturd2: What a man ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿค good look Mr Eustace you deserve the best success

@AntWBA88: Proof the game is gone when clubs sack managers for being successful ๐Ÿคฆโ€โ™‚๏ธ

@Kieranbcfc2: Leaves with pure class. Canโ€™t forget just how important a figure he has been and steered us through one of the most important periods in our history. #bcfc

@paddycelblue: Canโ€™t argue with that. We were relegation favourites when he arrived and he did very well to keep us up. However it was time to make a change, whether Rooney is the right replacement remains to be seen.

@Pablobirdman: Nice statement, good manager. Wonโ€™t be out of work for long I wouldnโ€™t think

@Jim91112164: Top bloke ๐Ÿ‘ ๐Ÿ‘Œ ๐Ÿ‘….many thanks John

@Bentson87: Absolute professional. Where ever he ends up next is going to be lucky. Best of luck and thank you John.

@_chancey_: Pure class, thanks for everything JE ๐Ÿ’™

@JaidenBcfc: Pure class he is got the club stable and more together, wish him all the best ๐Ÿ’™

SEE MORE: Birmingham CEO Garry Cook explains decision to sack John Eustace after backlash from fans

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