John Eustace has been named head coach of Championship strugglers Blackburn Rovers, just 35 minutes after Jon Dahl Tomasson’s departure by mutual consent.
Eustace inherits a Blackburn side without a win in their past eight Championship games.
He will be in attendance for Saturday’s game with relegation rivals Stoke City.
However, first-team coaches David Lowe and Damien Johnson – who were already at Blackburn – will take charge of the fixture, setting up an early reunion with former club Birmingham on Tuesday in Eustace’s first game at the helm.
“I am looking forward to being at Ewood Park tomorrow and meeting the supporters, who can play a big part for us between now and the end of the season,” Eustace told the club website.
“I will give my all to ensure the fans have a team they can be proud of and, together, I hope we can quickly start climbing the table.”
Eustace tasked with turning Rovers slump
Eustace’s spell with Blues was cut short by the new ownership’s decision to appoint Wayne Rooney, but not before he had turned a side threatened by relegation into one challenging at the top end of the Championship, with Birmingham sixth at the time of his departure.
The task awaiting him at Ewood Park is a similar one from his early days at St Andrew’s, as Blackburn’s 2-1 loss at home to struggling Queens Park Rangers on Saturday left them five points above the drop zone.
Rovers were seventh and two points off the top six on 29 November, but have won just once in the league since.
Since December’s 2-1 win at home to Bristol City – the last time Rovers won in the Championship – the club have lost six league games and drawn twice, with their only victories in that period coming in the FA Cup.
Their poor form comes despite having the league’s joint-top scorer, Sammie Szmodics, with the 28-year-old contributing 16 Championship goals this term and five more in the FA Cup.
More to follow.