Swansea City have reached an agreement with John Eustace to become their new head coach, and an announcement on his arrival at the Liberty Stadium is expected today, per Football Insider.
It comes less than 24 hours after confirmation of Steve Cooper’s departure from the Swans after two years in charge, with the club mutually terminating their deal with the 41-year-old.
That was due to Cooper being concerned at the direction the club was heading in, according to The Telegraph, and there’s fears that the club will be cashing in on captain Matt Grimes this summer with a sale likely, per The Athletic.
The Swansea hierarchy always had a replacement in mind for Cooper and that man is Eustace, whose only experience as a head coach was at non-league Kidderminster Harriers between 2016 and 2018.
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Having implemented an attractive style of football at Aggborough, Eustace was poached by Queens Park Rangers in 2018 to be their assistant manager and that is a post he still holds as number two to Mark Warburton.
But it looks like he is set to move on and after coming close to landing the Swans role in 2019, the former Watford and Stoke midfielder is looking likely to replace the man who beat him to the job two years ago.
There are a lot of bigger names out there than Eustace who could have been considered for the job, so the Swansea board must have been impressed in what they saw two years ago when Eustace was close to landing the role at that time.
It is a big risk though considering the 41-year-old’s only experience at being the man in charge is with Kidderminster, who at the time were a National League side, so it is a big step up to show what he can do.
Eustace will no doubt have some experience by his side though to help guide him through the trials and tribulations of being the head honcho of a Championship club – he will have learnt a lot at QPR in the last three years and let’s not forget Cooper was wildly inexperienced at senior coaching when he arrived at the Liberty Stadium, so this is perhaps a gamble worth taking.