Former Rangers coach Michael Beale is set to leave his role with Steven Gerrard’s Aston Villa to take over at Queens Park Rangers.
According to widespread reports from the likes of the Guardian, Beale, 41, will replace Mark Warburton at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium within the next 48 hours.
Ex-Rangers manager Warburton was relieved of his duties in the summer after the expiration of his contract having spent three years in charge at the London club [QPR].
There has often been an air of inevitably about Michael Beale’s transition into becoming manager and the coach held talks with Charlton in the summer, as highlighted by the Guardian report.
Michael Beale to takeover at Queens Park Rangers
It looks like Michael Beale will be set to take over at QPR and it will be interesting to see how Steven Gerrard reacts to the move at Aston Villa.
The ex-Ibrox first team coach was often positioned as the brains behind the Gerrard revolution and the talented tactician has earned massive plaudits for his work at Ibrox.
Having worked extensively with Liverpool and Chelsea in the past – and also as a coach at Brazilian club Sao Paolo – this will be Michael Beale’s first top boss at a football club.
According to the reports the hunt for Michael Beale’s replacement is already underway but it’s clear Steven Gerrard wanted the coach to complete the “journey” with him at Aston Villa.
“It’s no surprise that he’s linked with another club – I think that’s been the case since I’ve known Mick,” said Gerrard last month as quoted by the Guardian report.
“He’s very highly thought of in the world of football, so I’m not surprised. He’s a top coach and I really enjoy working with him. I always have done and I’m very keen for him to share this journey as well.”
Michael Beale is never slow to nail his Rangers colours to the mast and Ibrox supporters will wish him all the best at QPR.