Queens Park Rangers: John Eustace excited for season ahead after being named QPR assistant manager

New Queens Park Rangers assistant manager John Eustace was formerly in charge of Kidderminster Harri

New Queens Park Rangers assistant manager John Eustace was formerly in charge of Kidderminster Harriers (pic: Simon Galloway/PA) - Credit: PA Archive/PA Images

New Rs boss Steve McClaren has made his first addition to his coaching staff at Loftus Road

New Queens Park Rangers boss Steve McClaren (pic: Dave Thompson/PA)

New Queens Park Rangers boss Steve McClaren (pic: Dave Thompson/PA) - Credit: PA Archive/PA Images

John Eustace says he is excited for what the future holds with Queens Park Rangers after being named assistant manager of the Championship club.

New Rs boss Steve McClaren has made his first addition to his backroom staff, having worked with the 38-year-old while he was a player at Derby County.

Eustace, who played as a midfielder, moves to QPR from National League North side Kidderminster Harriers, who he managed for the past two seasons.

But now reunited with McClaren at Loftus Road, Eustace is looking forward to what lies ahead with the west Londoners.


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“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,” he told the club website.

“Now I have a great opportunity to develop and I couldn’t be learning off anyone better than the gaffer.

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“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 has wasted little time in shaping his backroom staff at Loftus Road as he looks to make an impact with QPR.

And the former England boss believes the pair will work together extremely well, which should benefit the Rs next term.

“I followed John’s 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.”

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