John Eustace finally responds to Birmingham City sacking as 'dig' aimed at Blues CEO Garry Cook

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At last, John Eustace had the chance to speak about his Birmingham City exit after Blues beat his new team, Blackburn Rovers, at St Andrew's.

Four months on from his Birmingham City sacking, John Eustace has finally shared his perspective on the events that saw a sudden exit from St Andrew's @ Knighthead Park.

Speaking to the media following Blues' 1-0 win over his new team, Blackburn Rovers, Eustace spoke very few words but they packed a punch. Albeit reluctant to speak in detail, the 44-year-old hinted his achievements warranted better treatment from Birmingham.

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"It was great to be back. I had 15 brilliant months here at the football club. I'm fully focused on Blackburn now but I wish Birmingham all the best," Eustace said.

When asked if there are any hard feelings towards Blues, Eustace replied: "No, definitely not. Again, if that hadn't happened I wouldn't have this opportunity to be Blackburn manager."

But then, rather crucially, Eustace was quizzed on Blues CEO Garry Cook's comments about the pair's ambitions not aligning. "That's up to Garry, what he said. I was very happy with the work I did at the football club, you could see it grew and I left it in a much better position than when I came in.

"We were playing some very good football when I left. I was happy with the job I did," Eustace said. Wrapping up, asked if he had the ambition Cook claims wasn't there, Eustace concluded: "The results and performances showed that [there was]."

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John Eustace received a warm welcome back to St Andrew's @ Knighthead Park from Birmingham City supporters.John Eustace received a warm welcome back to St Andrew's @ Knighthead Park from Birmingham City supporters.
John Eustace received a warm welcome back to St Andrew's @ Knighthead Park from Birmingham City supporters. | Getty Images

The ex-Blues boss then stood up to leave and someone at the back of the press room shouted, "All the best, John! They should’ve never gotten rid of you!” To that, Eustace turned around and replied, "Well, you can put that in [your report].

Still as much of a character as he was when donning the blue of Birmingham, Eustace has no animosity towards the football club but it's apparent he believes the sacking was unfair. Nonetheless, the Solihull-born head coach is excited about the challenge that awaits with Blackburn.

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