Rangers could yet rue Ibrox decision as table-topping coach’s stock rises


Rangers could yet rue Ibrox decision as table-topping coach’s stock rises

Rangers may well rue the early managerial success of QPR boss Michael Beale as Wolves swarm, the pressure builds on Giovanni van Bronckhorst and the Rs top the Championship table.

It’s been quite the start to life in management for the former Liverpool, Chelsea and Sao Paolo coach but the Londoner’s glowing reputation in the game is shining through at Loftus Road.

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Leaving Steven Gerrard without an assistant at Aston Villa – with the Liverpool legend now toiling in Birmingham – Michael Beale headed south to take over QPR in the summer.

Since then the ex-Rangers assistant has overseen an upturn in QPR fortunes with the side’s 3-0 victory over 10-man Cardiff sending them top of the English Championship by a point.

As an aside, it was former Rangers centre-back Jack Simpson who saw red for the Bluebirds with Lyndon Dykes netting from the resulting penalty, adding another before halftime and Kenneth Paal rounding off the scoring.

Such has been the early success of ex-Rangers coach Michael Beale at QPR, Premier League Wolves have now reportedly made him their preferred candidate to replace Bruno Lage.

It remains to be seen what the outcome of the interest will be but the BBC are claiming Wolves have “formally approached” QPR with Beale certainly not ruling out a move.

Could Rangers rue Michael Beale decision?

The bright lights of the Premier League are attractive to any young manager – see one Steven Gerrard – but it is an unforgiving arena – again, see one Steven Gerrard.

That said, such is Michael Beale’s standing in the game there is genuine positivity that this move could be a hugely successful one and that is why Rangers may yet come to rue it.

The Gers once had Michael Beale as the club’s assistant and after Steven Gerrard jumped ship, so did the ex-Ibrox number two.

Plenty had suggested Rangers make a move for Beale in a Souness/Smith type arrangement but as things transpired the club plunged instead for Giovanni van Bronckhorst.

Despite that run to the Europa League Final, an unconvincing first third of the season has plenty turning on the Dutchman and the success of Michael Beale will have them asking the Rangers question.

Whilst Beale has admitted he’d love to be the Rangers manager in the future, it looks like the Premier League is calling and depending on how that goes for the personable tactician, even bigger opportunities may lie in store for the Englishman.

Meanwhile, Rangers have been handed a huge injury boost by the comments of a key first-teamer.