By Sam Stone

21st Nov, 2022 | 5:10pm

Kris Boyd reveals Michael Beale as 'obvious' appointment after Giovanni van Bronckhorst sack

Kris Boyd has earmarked Queens Park Rangers boss Michael Beale as the “obvious” candidate to succeed Giovanni van Bronckhorst at Ibrox.

The Dutchman was finally sacked after a dreadful start to the season in the Champions League and on the domestic front with the Gers currently nine points behind Celtic.

Rangers will now begin their search for a new manager and Boyd believes Beale is a name who will “definitely” be in the running.

Talking on Sky Sports News (11:08, 21 November), he said: “There’s a special attraction with the fan base, the chance to play in Europe and to win trophies domestically. I think the obvious choice at this moment in time would be Michael Beale.

“He’s obviously turned down the Wolves job and the Rangers fans remember him being part of the success under Gerrard. There’s an obvious connection there. Whether he wants the job we don’t know, but he will definitely be someone who is in the running.”

Crucial period

This will be a crucial period for the Gers with the next appointment absolutely vital for the club moving forward. The World Cup break has come at the perfect time, and if a new manager can be appointed quickly, he could have time to work with his players ahead of the Scottish Premiership returning.

There’s little debate amongst fans that the time is right for a change at Ibrox. The 47-year-old has clearly lost the dressing room and this group of players desperately needs fresh ideas. Beale would be an appointment which pleases fans, although since he turned down the Wolves job things haven’t quite gone to plan at QPR.

Taking the hot seat at Rangers is not for the faint-hearted and would certainly be a step up for Beale to handle on his own. Sean Dyche and Ralph Hasenhuttl are two managers who are also out of work, and there’s no doubt we will be hearing their names bandied about in the coming weeks.

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