Rangers striker Jermain Defoe has heaped praise on tactical “genius” and Rangers coach Mick Beale in a revealing interview with the Beautiful Game podcast.
The 37-year-old striker was speaking ahead of the new season and the topic of Beale came up after the Gers coach appeared on the podcast last season.
Joking that he knows Beale would probably be listening, Defoe went into greater detail about the coach’s influence behind the scenes at Ibrox.
“He’s impressed me in a big way,” explains Defoe [Beautiful Game podcast].
“When I sat down and spoke to Stevie before I signed, ‘he said you might know Mick Beale, he is proper’.
“The way I see it is, in terms of tactics and stuff like that, he is up there.
“I’ve worked with some top managers and top coaches and he is up there.
“His attention to detail and how he puts his points across for people to understand.
“When Alfredo got suspended, Mick come to me and said ‘JD I’m going to tweak the system so it’s better for you’.
“He said ‘I’m going to bring in two number 10s in the middle so they’re close to you so it’s easier for you’.
“We’ve not looked back, it’s unbelievable, the fact he had that idea, and he did that, it’s genius man.
“I could talk about Mick all day but everything that we do relates to how we’re going to play on the weekend.”
It’s high praise indeed from Jermain Defoe and his comments come after Beale was praised by ex-Gers striker Kyle Lafferty.
Lafferty claimed that Beale was “the brains” behind Rangers’ tactics and even suggested the former Liverpool, Chelsea and Sao Paolo coach could step up to be the next Ibrox boss.
“The longer I was there I started to realise, Michael Beale, I think he’s the man behind it,” Lafferty told the popular Open Goal.
“No disrespect to Steven Gerrard who I think is an amazing manager, where he has taken the club from day one to now is night and day – he’s made Rangers a force again in the the Premiership and Europe.
“But Michael Beale is behind the scenes and I think he’s the brains behind it. Tactically he’s amazing.
“I think if Gerrard went to Liverpool and Michael Beale stayed there wouldn’t be a change.
“I think Michael Beale is into everything, detail and he could step up to be manager because he’s that good.”
Beale joined Rangers alongside Steven Gerrard, Gary McAllister, Tom Culshaw and Jordan Milsom in 2018 and signed on alongside the rest of the backroom staff until 2024 last season.