QPR assistant John Eustace ‘had to turn down’ the vacant Swansea City job, reports Mike McGrath of The Daily Telegraph.

Eustace was backed to take over at Swansea City following the exit of Steve Cooper.

The QPR assistant was wanted by the South Wales club to replace Cooper who left earlier in the week but now McGrath reports that the Swans’ managerial search is now back on, with Eustace having to ‘reluctantly’ turn down the job:

For QPR, retaining Eustace is a huge plus – he’ll obviously be somewhat gutted to turn down what would’ve been an exciting Championship job, given that John Percy says he’d ‘reluctantly’ turned down the job. But he has a good situation going at QPR and fans will hope that the club shows him the same kind of loyalty later down the line.

As for the Swans, Eustace was their no.1 target to come in and replace Cooper and missing out is obviously a blow to them, though they still have time to bring in a new manager before the start of the season.

Given that there’s now less than to weeks before the start of the new campaign though, Swansea’s preparations for the new season will take a huge dent for every day that passes without a permanent figure in place.

There’s no indication as to who might come onto their managerial radar but there’s plenty of names about on the market – fans will want to see Cooper’s replacement names as soon as possible though.