QPR assistant manager John Eustace is Watford’s top target in their search for a replacement for Roy Hodgson, according to Football Insider.
The Hornets could be relegated back to the Championship today while it has already been confirmed that Hodgson will not be in charge of the side next term.
Football Insider has reported that there are a number of candidates in the frame but that Eustace is their top target.
The 42-year-old is said to fit the bill of the type of coach they’re looking for while it is understood that the Hornets are readying an approach and keen to agree a deal before the end of the Premier League season this month.
Outgoing QPR boss Mark Warburton labelled Eustace “unbelievable” last month when asked whether he was ready to manage in the EFL.
He has served as Warburton’s assistant for the past three years and has been at the west London club since 2018 when he joined to become part of Steve McLaren’s coaching staff.
The former Watford player has served as the R’s caretaker boss at that time and does have management experience, having spent two years in charge of non-league side Kidderminster Harriers.
It seems Watford are set to move quickly in an attempt to install Eustace as their next manager.
The 42-year-old appears to be a highly-rated coach, having been linked with Championship jobs in the past, and it would not be a surprise if the R’s are keen to appoint him as Warburton’s successor.
They may have to act fast if they want to do so with the Hornets reportedly identifying him as their top target with plans for an agreement before the end of the current season.
He may not have experience but his Watford links may well make him a popular appointment among the fanbase.