Michael Beale must have Scottish assistant if he becomes new Rangers manager
Should Michael Beale succeed Giovanni van Bronckhorst at Rangers, the current QPR boss will have to agree to one condition.
Beale has emerged as a frontrunner for the Rangers vacancy according to The Sun, but they also report the 42-year-old will also have to agree to one condition set by the club about his backroom staff.
Beale was Steven Gerrard’s assistant at Ibrox for three seasons, and if the London-born boss was to take the Gers hot seat, the club reportedly demand that he hires a Scottish assistant.
Kevin Thomson is touted as a possible assistant for Beale after he quit his job with Kelty Hearts in the summer.
The report also suggests that paying Beale’s QPR compensation “won’t be an issue” as Rangers seek to have their new manager in place before the club’s AGM takes place on December 6.
It makes plenty of sense for Rangers to demand that a new manager brings in an assistant with knowledge and experience of the Scottish Premiership and what it takes to succeed there.
But Beale has that already. He enjoyed a lot of success under Gerrard and played a pivotal part in Rangers’ incredible title-winning season. He has prior knowledge of working in Scotland and also knows his way around Ibrox.
So to limit Beale’s choice of backroom staff seems like a strange decision by the club.
As for the financial update, it’s promising that the club is willing to spend and get Beale in early. The club has lots of work to do over the World Cup break and the sooner the new manager arrives the better.
Hopefully, it’s also an indication that the board will back the new manager in January with new signings – something this tired and injury-ridden Rangers squad desperately needs.
After a terrible start to the season, hopefully Beale can come in and turn things around at Rangers and bring back the good times.