By Daniel Feliciano

22nd Nov, 2022 | 7:10am

Michael Beale wants to replace Giovanni van Bronckhorst as Rangers manager, leads race for job

Michael Beale wants to replace Giovanni van Bronckhorst as Rangers manager and is leading the race for the role, according to the Daily Record.

The Gers finally sacked Van Bronckhorst on Monday (21 November) after a year in charge, where a run of seven wins in 18 games saw the team fall nine points behind Celtic and eliminated from the Champions League group stages humiliatingly.

Several names have been linked with the role, but a fresh report (21 November) claims that Beale is the number one target and race leader for the vacant role, and QPR won’t stand in his way if he chooses to push for a return to Ibrox.

They report that Rangers paid around £3.5m to sack Van Bronckhorst and his staff, while Beale has a £1.5m release clause in his contract in west London, with money, said to be no issue.

Les Ferdinand, QPR’s director of football, spoke to Daily Record and confirmed that he would allow Beale to leave if he made his wishes to leave clear.

“I haven’t spoken to Michael or Rangers about this. But I expected Michael’s name would be mentioned for the role at Rangers because he did such a good job while he was up there working with Steven Gerrard. I don’t want to have to fight to keep anyone at QPR. I want people who want to be here. That’s the only way we can move forward.

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“If they want to be somewhere else, that’s what they’re going to do. We’d have to have a conversation. It’s not that I’d be happy to have it but I only want people at the football club who want to be here.”

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Rangers are a massive club but what we need right now is someone to come in with fresh ideas who knows the club well and knows what we expect as fans and as a club.

Beale fits that bill perfectly having worked with Steven Gerrard at the club before and helped us to claim our 55th league title, and he’s since gone on to prove himself as a more than capable number one with QPR this season.

Their season has gone off a little bit since he was linked to the Wolves job and subsequently turned it down, so a move away could be exactly what he needs to get where he wants to be.

Rangers can move quickly to get it all done and give him time to work with the squad before the season restarts after the World Cup, and he will already have a relationship with some of the players and those above him.

It’s a great move for the club if they can get it done, so fingers crossed it all comes together quickly.

In other Rangers news, talks set for London as Rangers want to talk to four candidates according to BBC