Queens Park Rangers have today unveiled John Eustace as the new assistant manager to Steve McClaren. The 38-year-old has spent the past two years as manager of Kidderminster Harriers in National League North.
McClaren is no stranger to Eustace, as he managed him during their time together at Derby County. The former England manager says he has paid close attention to the former midfielder since injury ended his playing career, and then stepping into the coaching sphere.
Eustace, who played for the likes of Watford and Stoke City, is excited by the challenge ahead,
“I can’t wait to get going with QPR. I have enjoyed two years managing at Kidderminster and that was a great experience for me.
“Now I have a great opportunity to develop and I couldn’t be learning off anyone better than the gaffer (Steve McClaren).
“I had two great years with him at Derby and learned so much. His coaching is fantastic and the boys here are going to benefit from that 100 per cent.”
McClaren says Eustace was an important player for him whilst at Derby, and has kept tabs on his future ever since,
“I followed his coaching and managerial career at Kidderminster during the last two years where he’s made the jump from playing to coach to manager very well.
“He was a focal point for me as a player at Derby – a leader and a captain who created the right culture in the dressing room. He is very thorough, very professional and has such high standards. He is also an excellent coach on the field who knows my philosophy.”
Kidderminster chairman Colin Gordon said that once QPR expressed an interest, then they could not stand in the way of Eustace wanting to progress his career.