Birmingham City manager John Eustace reveals why he took Blues job after turning down other Championship roles

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New Blues head coach John Eustace sat down with the club’s media for the first time since taking charge.

New Birmingham City manager John Eustace has revealed why he chose to take the difficult task of the Blues job after turning down a number of other Championship roles in the past.

In his first interview since being confirmed as new head coach, the 42-year-old claims that the gig at St Andrew’s was simply the ‘right fit.’

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“I’ve been offered two or three really good roles as Head Coach in the Championship over the last couple of seasons,” Eustace told BluesTV.

“I was enjoying my development at QPR, I was enjoying working for two fantastic managers.

“My time at QPR obviously eventually came to an end and this job came up and it’s a great fit for me.

“Working in Birmingham, I’m a Birmingham lad and I’m really proud and honoured to be head coach of the club.”

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The former midfielder is under no illusions about just how tough of a job he has on his hands but is committed to the cause and wants to be part of a backroom staff that restores some identity to Birmingham City football club.

Eustace claims that the Blues fans ‘deserve success’ and he will make it his mission to deliver just that.

“Everyone has got to be proud to play for Birmingham City,” he said.

“Everyone that works for the club has got to be proud to work for the club. I’m a Birmingham lad, I want this club to do well now.

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“The fans, they deserve succcess. It’s a massive football club and we haven’t over the last few years performed as well as we should do for whatever reason.

“These fans deserve success. Short-term it’s going to be very tough but long-term that’s the plan.

“This short-term period now, it’s going to be tough times. We need the fans to get right behind the players who are going to be performing week in and week out for the club.”

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