Nick Cusack's career took him through a range of clubs at a variety of levels. His vast experience means that it is hardly a surprise he was given a chance to manage a Football League club at the relatively tender age of 36.
Born in Rotherham in December 1965, Nick started out at the non-league club Alvechurch, but after a season with the club he was taken on by Leicester City. A season with the Foxes brought him 19 appearances before he moved on to Peterborough United in 1988. Posh was another club where Nick spent just one season before moving up to Motherwell in Scotland. He was a winner of the Scottish Cup and represented the club in European competition.
Nick spent three seasons with the Well before returning to England in a £95,000 move to Darlington.
After half a season with Darlington, and just 22 appearances, he moved for the same fee to Oxford United, making 44 league appearances for the Manor Ground club in two seasons. After this, he moved to Fulham, where he made 136 appearances in three seasons, just prior to the time Mohammed Al-Fayed took over the West London club.
Nick's arrival at Swansea in 1997 was the start of a spell in which he would make 216 appearances in all competitions, up to and including the end of the 2001-2002 season.
A holder of a university degree, Nick was inspirational as the Swans' team captain. He finished the 1999-2000 season as the club's joint top goalscorer alongside Walter Boyd and Steve Watkin. That campaign saw Nick named by his fellow professionals in the Third Division select team. Despite his successes in Scotland, he described captaining Swansea to the Nationwide League Division Three title as the best moment in his career.
Before moving into management with the Swans, replacing Colin Addison in the hotseat, Nick had worked for the PFA under Gordon Taylor and his deputy Brendan Batson.