John Eustace’s 237-word response to ‘heavy’ Birmingham City sacking

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Former Birmingham City head coach John Eustace has penned a 237-word statement after his controversial sacking.

John Eustace has spoken out for the first time since his departure as head coach of Birmingham City, in a 237-word letter to supporters. The 43-year-old, who left Blues sixth in the Sky Bet Championship, was controversially relieved of his duties on October 9 and replaced by former Manchester United and England star Wayne Rooney.

Many were shocked and appalled at the decision as Eustace had exceeded all expectations. Released on his behalf by the League Managers Association, Eustace said in response to his departure: “I would like to thank Craig Gardner for giving me the opportunity to become the manager of Birmingham City Football Club.

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“When I came into the job fifteen months ago there was a lot of uncertainty surrounding the club and we had some very challenging times, but there was a determination and focus from all of the staff and players to make sure we came through those times together.

“The development of the players and the staff over that period is there for everyone to see and I feel we have left the club in a much stronger position then when we first arrived. I would like to thank the players who went out onto the pitch every week and fought for each other with a togetherness and spirit of which Birmingham City Football Club is all about.

“As for the fans, you have been amazing! I wanted to bring that connection back between you and the team and I feel that we did that. You supported us through the good times and the tough times. You never lost faith and your loyalty and passion has been outstanding.

“It has been an honour and a privilege to have served the fans and the club in the city where I was born and grew up in. I leave with a heavy heart, however I would like to wish everyone at the football club huge success in the future.”

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As a local lad and one who has created such a strong rapport with Bluenoses, this particular exit for Eustace will undoubtedly hit harder than any other in his career. The head coach will be the subject of plenty of interest, though, and is expected to return to management soon.

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