Rangers fans have been patiently waiting to finally catch a glimpse of Michael Beale at the helm. The newly hired manager was previously offered the job on November 28. However, due to the World Cup interruption, the Scottish Premiership will not resume until December 15.
Scotland’s top flight restart coincides with Rangers hosting Hibernian (live on Paramount+). It will be Beale’s first chance to impress the loyal Rangers. The coach was previously part of Steven Gerrard’s team when the former Liverpool star was in Scotland.
Coach soon attracted the attention of other clubs
Nevertheless, Beale left Rangers when Gerrard took over at Aston Villa. However, Beale did not remain an assistant coach for long. Queens Park Rangers offered Beale their head coaching job in the summer of 2022. After a strong start to the season, Beale was again targeted by other clubs.
Wolverhampton Wanderers approached Beale for their vacant managerial role in October turned down. However, the 42-year-old Englishman could not turn down Rangers. Following his appointment to the Scottish giants, Beale was delighted to return to his old club.
“I’m very proud, it’s a beautiful, beautiful football club, it’s an institution,” mention Beale during his first interview as Rangers head coach. “For everyone who works here it’s a huge privilege, but to be the manager of this football club, that’s very special. Some great people have been in this chair before me and I’m extremely proud to be the person who’s here now. sit.
Beale’s academy experience should help Rangers grow
In addition to Aston Villa and Rangers, Beale also has coaching experience at Chelsea and Liverpool academies. Perhaps his most interesting role came when he learned Portuguese to work for Brazilian powerhouse Sao Paulo FC.
Beale’s work with the aforementioned youth setups has helped the coach understand development at a club. “Your personality is so important,” said Beale when he worked under Gerrard a few years ago. ‘It’s someone’s son or daughter. It is important that you arouse and inspire them with fantastic interest.”
“If young kids get out of their mom or dad’s car and run to the field to start training, if they don’t have the same energy after 15 minutes, you’re wrong. The same goes for a professional football player.
The coach certainly has an interesting journey to one of the top teams in the country. Beale’s job at QPR, while brief, should give Rangers fans hope to look ahead. The Championship side topped the league at the end of October, having finished 11th last season and only recruiting free transfers this summer.
Rangers are currently second in the Scottish standings. Although bitter rivals Celtic are nine points at the top of the league table, Rangers fans will hope that Beale can take a bite out of the gap between the two clubs.
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