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John Eustace named QPR assistant manager

JOHN Eustace has been named assistant manager at QPR.

The 38-year-old has left his position as manager of National League North outfit Kidderminster Harriers – where he’d been since April 2016 – to join Steve McClaren’s backroom team.

Former midfielder Eustace enjoyed a successful playing career, amassing over 400 senior appearances in the Premier League and Championship with the likes of Coventry City, Stoke City, Watford and Derby County, where Eustace featured under R’s boss McClaren.

After hanging up his boots early due to a knee injury, Eustace has since experienced a strong start to life in management – leading Kidderminster to consecutive play-off finishes following their relegation from the National League.

Speaking to www.qpr.co.uk, Eustace said: “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.

“I can’t wait to help the players here to develop in the way the gaffer helped me.”

McClaren added: “I am delighted to bring John in.

“I followed his coaching and managerial career at Kidderminster during the last two years where he’s made the jump from player 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.

“He knows how I want the game to be played – he has played in a team that has done that, he has sat in all the meetings and been involved in all the sessions so he knows me inside out.

“It’s vital to me that he was so recently a player himself. He is a modern-day coach who knows what the players want and how to get the message across.”

McClaren also confirmed he will be making further additions to his backroom team, explaining: “I want my staff to be well balanced and hopefully we will be in a position to make a further announcement soon.”

He is very thorough, very professional and has such high standards.

Steve McClaren