John Eustace replaces Tomasson at Blackburn four months after brutal axe for Rooney – and faces Birmingham first up

JOHN EUSTACE has been appointed Blackburn’s new manager following the sacking of Jon Dahl Tomasson.

And his first game in charge will be against former club Birmingham on Tuesday.

John Eustace has been appointed Blackburn manager


John Eustace has been appointed Blackburn managerCredit: PA
Jon Dahl Tomasson was sacked this week


Jon Dahl Tomasson was sacked this weekCredit: Rex

Blackburn take on Stoke on Saturday but Eustace will watch the match from the stands.

The 44-year-old was controversially shown the door at St Andrew’s to make way for former England ace Wayne Rooney.

That proved to be a disastrous decision as the Blues plummeted down the table under the former Derby boss.

However he will be going back to the Midlands on Tuesday night if his appointment as Rovers boss is confirmed.

Ironically his opponent would be a former Ewood Park chief in Tony Mowbray.

Tomasson is negotiating his exit after a turbulent couple of months came to a head in the build up to the transfer deadline.

The Dane has been unhappy at the way the club has been run with owners The Venky’s unable to pour money into the club due to a legal wrangle.

Rovers sold prized asset Adam Wharton to Crystal Palace and tried to bring in US striker Duncan McGuire.

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They pulled the plug on a permanent move but then thought they had signed him on loan – only for it to emerge they had not submitted the correct paperwork.


Tomasson did not complete a pre-match press conference ahead of Blackburn’s 2-1 home defeat to QPR at the weekend.

Speaking after the game, the honest former AC Milan star said: “It’s very good to see you, I wasn’t allowed to talk to the press yesterday.

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“It’s a club decision, I have no comment on it. I think you know me, I’m happy to speak to you, I’m an honest person.

“It’s not good when you can’t speak to the fans, they are the heart and soul of the game. We should always think about that. It was a club decision and I have no comment on it.

“We should always be open with everything, never leave the fans in the dark. It was a club decision, I was told I wasn’t allowed to speak with the press. I have no further comment to that.

“It was a club decision, I can’t comment on the reason why. You probably already know what could be the reason.

“It is difficult not to get a better answer. The club said yesterday I couldn’t speak with the media. I am sitting here and answering the question.

“I have given you the reason, I have no more comment to that. It was a club decision. We should tell the fans everything, they are the soul of the football club.”

Wayne Rooney lasted just 15 games in charge at Birmingham


Wayne Rooney lasted just 15 games in charge at BirminghamCredit: PA

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