By Sean Fisher

22nd Nov, 2022 | 10:10am

Michael Beale personally informs Rangers board he wants manager job

Michael Beale has emerged as the favourite to replace Giovanni van Bronckhorst and has contacted Rangers to tell them he wants the job, according to The 4th Official.

Rangers parted ways with Van Bronckhorst on Monday and Beale’s name has flooded the headlines ever since. The current QPR boss was Steven Gerrard’s assistant at Ibrox and he’s now linked with taking the hot seat himself.

The 42-year-old has done a superb job with the Championship side and his experience of Scottish football and Rangers in particular stands him in good stead ahead of the appointment process.

And despite QPR challenging for Premier League promotion this season, The 4th Official report that he has personally informed Gers that he is keen on succeeding Van Bronckhorst.

“Beale had informed the Rangers board yesterday that he is interested and QPR have also been made aware of the same. Media reports £1.5m to be the compensation fee that Rangers have to pay out,” read the report.

Pull power

To lure a Championship manager away from a promotion-challenging side shows Rangers’ pulling power for coaches and managers.

Beale has obviously enjoyed plenty of success at Ibrox in his previous stint under Gerrard and clearly feels confident about repeating the feat on his own.

It’s no surprise that Gers have highlighted him as the immediate favourite to replace Van Bronckhorst – he was crucial in Gerrard’s reign and also shone on his own with QPR.

Provided that Rangers are happy to pay the compensation fee, hopefully the club can wrap up the appointment fairly quickly and give Beale enough time in the World Cup break to implement his ideas and plan for the second half of the season – where Gers have plenty of catching up to do.

But while focus will immediately be on turning the current season around, Beale’s appointment will be a long-term project looking to return the club to the top of Scottish football.

In other Rangers news, Giovanni van Bronckhorst clashed with senior Rangers players ahead of his sacking