Birmingham City manager John Eustace is excited to be a part of Birmingham City’s long-term project, as speculation continues over his future.
Reports emerged this week that Scottish giants Rangers have identified the 43-year-old as a potential candidate to replace Michael Beale should they decide to part ways with their manager during the international break.
The Glasgow-based side have endured a poor start to the new season, winning two of their opening four league fixtures, including a 1-0 defeat against bitter rival’s Celtic last weekend. They also exited the Champions League in a comprehensive two-legged loss against PSV Eindhoven last month.
Rangers’ interest has led to claims that Birmingham are in the process of drawing up a managerial shortlist of their own, with Manchester United and England legend Wayne Rooney topping the bill. The former striker is currently in charge at MLS side D.C. United, but his ultimate goal is to return to England.
However, the Blues’ priority is to keep Eustace at the helm, particularly after their excellent start to the campaign. The West Midlands side currently lie fourth in the Championship table and are one of two sides yet to taste defeat. Although not directly mentioning the links, the manager appeared to commit his future to the club. Speaking to Championship Check-In, Eustace said;
“I’m from Birmingham; I’m a Birmingham lad. I know what it means to the people of the city, the community. I’ve got lots of Birmingham fans in my family.
“I had some really good options throughout my time at QPR, some fantastic Championship clubs, but Birmingham just stood out. I know the potential of this football club.
“Given the right resources and backing, which we certainly have now, this club can go as far as it wants. I want to be part of that going forward; I want to help rebuild this fantastic football club.
“It’s not going to be done in the short term – it’s a two, three year period to be done properly. I want to be part of that.”
Birmingham will resume their Championship campaign next weekend when they travel to Watford following the international break.
John Eustace looks to be one of the brightest up and coming managers in the game, although Birmingham clearly mean a lot to him on a personal level. He is invested in the project, and their recent investment – which includes NFL legend Tom Brady – has now given him the tools to attempt to take them back to the Premier League for the first time since 2011.
This season may come too soon for them, but St Andrew’s is once again an attractive prospect. It could be an exciting few years for Blues’ fans.