Mark Warburton has finally been reunited with John Eustace. Only at a different Rangers, and four years after he first tried to sign the player with the Ibrox club.
Eustace will be serving as Mark Warburton’s assistant in the Englishman’s new role as Queens Park Rangers manager.
Eustace is a bit of a cult hero for Rangers fans despite never kicking a ball for the club. In one of the most protracted transfer stories in the club’s history, Eustace looked odds on to sign for Warburton’s Rangers side in 2015.
He arrived in June that year, but never ever put pen to paper on a deal.
A host of Warburton’s new signings in 2015 praised the player, with almost all of them saying they hoped he’d sign for Rangers.
By October, Warburton was still saying the signing should be concluded in a couple of days. But it never was and Eustace never actually pulled on a Rangers shirt. Now, almost four years later, Warburton finally appears to have got his man.
“The Curious Case of John Eustace” as the aptly named Record story calls it, has become the butt of jokes for Rangers fans.
Every time there’s talk of a new signing, someone pops up on social media saying, “Announce John Eustace”.
Now, QPR actually did after he was retained as the club’s assistant manager. He’ll join up with a manager who at one time, wanted him at Ibrox.
Warburton was appointed as Queens Park Rangers boss earlier this month, after being out of work since being sacked by Nottingham Forest in December 2017.