HARRIERS’ boss John Eustace has sensationally quit the club today to take up a coaching role at Championship side Queens Park Rangers.

The 38-year-old decided to leave Aggborough and will become Steve McClaren’s assistant manager following the former England manager’s appointment at the London club last week.

The club today thanked Eustace for his contribution to Harriers in his two-year spell in charge, crediting him with transforming the team’s style of play and leading them to the National League North play offs in both campaigns. He also made the first round proper of the FA Cup.

The search for a new boss has started and the club said it had identified targets and hoped to make a positive announcement shortly.

Chairman Colin Gordon said: “I said when we appointed John that he was a remarkable coach who would go on to have a terrific career in this side of the game so the fact he has been sounded out by such an established manager and a huge club is no surprise.

“Steve McClaren knew John well as a player but believes he’s also one of the finest young coaches he’s come across and was determined that he be part of things at QPR – quite simply it’s the ethos of this club that we won’t stand between hard-working, ambitious people and those kinds of opportunities.”

“We’d like to thank John Eustace for his efforts during an entertaining two years at the helm at Aggborough and wish him all the very best for the future.”