Swansea City are set to appoint an ex-Coventry, Stoke, Watford, Derby player as their new manager according to reports on Friday.
The Championship outfit are poised to name 41 year old John Eustace, who will leave his role as Queens Park Rangers’ assistant boss to take charge at the Liberty Stadium.
Swansea, who were beaten in the second tier playoff final back in May, have turned to Eustace after parting company with head coach Steve Cooper earlier this week.
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The former Kidderminster Harries boss was previously on Swansea’s final shortlist when Cooper landed the job in 2019.
Eustace will now get his chance to lead the Welsh club, who will pay a small compensation fee to their league rivals QPR to secure his services.
Eustace is expected to remain with QPR for their pre-season friendly against Manchester United on Saturday afternoon, with his move to the Swans likely to be confirmed later this weekend or at the start of next week.
Eustace began his career at Coventry City and went on to play for Stoke City, Watford and Derby County, while he also had loan spells at Dundee United, Middlesbrough and Hereford.
Having retired due to a knee injury, the Solihull-born began his managerial career Kidderminster Harriers in 2016.
He went on to spend two years in charge at the National League North side, who at the time were known for playing attractive football, before joining QPR as assistant to Steve McClaren, who he had played under at Derby.
Eustace had a spell as caretaker of the Hoops at the end of the 2018/19 campaign – when he masterminded a 4-0 win over Swansea as he helped the London club avoid the drop to League One – before reverting to his number two role following Mark Warburton’s arrival at Loftus Road.
QPR finished 9th in the Championship table last season, picking up 12 points and were five places behind a Swansea side who missed out on a return to the Premier League after losing to Brentford in the playoff final.
1996–2003 – Coventry City – 85 games (7 goals)
1998–1999 → Dundee United (loan) – 11 games (1 goal)
2003 → Middlesbrough (loan) – 1 game (0 goals)
2003–2008 – Stoke City – 74 games (5 goals)
2006 → Hereford United (loan) – 8 games (0 goals)
2008–2013 – Watford – 157 games (16 goals)
2009 → Derby County (loan) – 9 games (1 goal)
2013–2015 – Derby County – 48 games (2 goals)
Total – 393 games (32 goals)
2016–2018 – Kidderminster Harriers
2019 – Queens Park Rangers (caretaker)
Swansea City legend Alan Curtis wants “the best available” manager to take over.
He told BBC Radio Wales: “You talk of [Frank] Lampard and [Eddie} Howe and I just can’t see those people coming to the club.
“I think we’re going to have to go with another young manager. I think he’s got to have the ability to work with younger players.
“Certainly there’s a style of play which we’d like to think that we play. I don’t say we lost that under Steve absolutely, but we just need somebody who knows the [financial] restrictions really.
“We haven’t got a potful of money so he’s going to have to work with what we’ve got, develop young players and then I’m sure he’ll be given every opportunity to be a success.”
Curtis reckons that the majority of Swansea fans will accept that reaching the Premier League is not the main priority at this stage.
“It may be a little while before we can achieve that ambition, but the main thing is we get back playing and get a philosophy back to the club and I think most supporters will settle for that,” he said.
Fans reacted with Swansea City set to appoint the ex-Coventry, Stoke, Watford, Derby player…
@TheBarnes83: John Eustace isn’t really an inspiring appointment. Certainly not a Martinez or Sousa. He wears a gillet too so that’s disappointing. I wish him well. #Swansea
@KyleVonk3: I don’t know much about John Eustace but let’s hope he brings a more attacking, exciting and a fast paced football mind down to the swans, get us back where we belong! John Eustace’s Barmy Army!
@UpstateJacks: Okay “John Eustace’s Barmy Army” it is then
@scfcoli: Why do so many Swansea fans want John Terry? For a start, he’s a pretty awful human being and has even less management experience than John Eustace. Is it really worth selling our soul out to a racist for a few loans from Villa. Absolutely not in my opinion #swans
Young and hungry coach ✅
Good with young players ✅
Not expecting £££ to spend ✅
History of attacking football ✅
John Eustace ticks all the realistic boxes for me
@barneylloydwood: John Eustace then 🦢 an interesting one, whether you’re for it, against it or just along for the ride
@andytidy_80: After a summer of discontent, this is a swift and welcomed move by the club to have someone in place just days after the Cooper departure was ‘announced’. John is a very forward thinking, and progressive coaching appointment. Lacks experience, but his philosophy is spot on.
@LiamMorgan3: Will back him 100%. But this shows how unambitious our club is right now.
@ale_vokes: Not my first choice but let’s get behind him
@ShantaPozuelo: would much prefer eustace over the likes of terry. extremely glad he’s got the job.
@PatrickSCFC15: Personally not happy with this appointment but hoping he proves me wrong
@TBSwans: thank the lord
@SCFCMarley_: For shit sake
@SnilleJorgen: Don’t know about the rest of you, but I’m backing John Eustace if he gets appointed. We all have to start from somewhere, right? #Swans
@SkidzF1: Doesn’t really inspire me to be honest
@DavMichael: If he’s happy to come to a club with absolutely zero ambition and not a penny to spend then he’s the man for the job
@HoaneSam: Big John eustace’s super swonz finishing 16th
@JordanWebber96: We didn’t know a lot about Graham Potter or Steve Cooper, so let’s all give John Eustace a chance if he does come in as the new manager. Get behind him.
@SCFC_Rhys2: People saying John Eustace is a bad appointment because his last job was managing in non-league. Can I remind you the player who scored a double in the South Wales Derby last season for us was playing non-league football 4 years ago
@neilphillips27: For the record, I think John Eustace would be an excellent replacement. Fits the template of the sort of coach we go after, hungry and looking to prove himself as a ‘Number 1’ at this level. Seems to also have a philosophy that is more in keeping with the ‘Swansea Way’.
@Rossi16_: Not even capping Im so excited by the appointment of John Eustace
@Bristol_jack79: Hopefully when john Eustace is appointed we can crack on and being some players in before the season starts!
@harrisonbevan_: john eustace’s barmy army dont sound right
@SCFC__FINN: Yes I ain’t excited by the appointment but I will get behind him and support him. Prove us all wrong hopefully. John Eustace Barmy Army
@BidwellSZN: If we get John Eustace then I expect a season of relegation fighting or mid table no ambition at all in that appointment and another yes man
@PatrickSCFC15: John eustace ain’t the one ….
No good experience
No links to any half decent players
But yes yes let’s get him