By Sam Stone

23rd Nov, 2022 | 8:10pm

Michael Beale breaks 'unwritten' Rangers rule before Ibrox job opens up - Tam McManus

Michael Beale broke an “unwritten rule” when he decided to attend the Gers’ 4-1 win over Aberdeen as the Queens Park Rangers boss continues to be linked to the Ibrox hot seat.

The 4th Official report (T4O on Patreon, 22 November) Beale is the front-runner for the job after previously working at Ibrox under Steven Gerrard.

Beale was in attendance for the Scottish Premiership fixture against Aberdeen and the Scottish Daily Express has revealed (22 November) Giovanni van Bronckhorst was left “bemused” by the QPR boss’ attendance with the Dutchman under intense pressure at the time.

Tam McManus feels it was a poor move by Beale and can understand why the Dutchman is annoyed after being removed from his duties at Ibrox.

Talking on the PLZ Football show (23 November, 12:56): “I think it’s an unwritten rule amongst managers, that if you’re a manager and another manager is under serious pressure and you’ve been linked to the job, it’s like vultures circling for a job. I can understand why Giovanni van Bronckhorst was annoyed at that.

“Beale needs to see the bigger picture and he knows that manager is under pressure.”

Not the smartest

At the time it did seem a bit strange for the QPR boss to watch a game when he was already being talked about when it came to the vacancy at Ibrox. Van Bronckhorst was under intense pressure and it wouldn’t have pleased the Dutchman to see a potential successor in the stands.

With Beale one of the frontrunners for the job now, it appears that visit could well have had a little bit more to it. If he does take the reigns at Ibrox, it will become abundantly obvious that the board did hold some conversations with the him during the visit.

He obviously has his connections at Ibrox, but considering he has only been a manager for half a season it’s a gamble from the board. His QPR side had a great start to the campaign but have dropped off dramatically in recent weeks. There’s a strong argument to suggest this move could well have come too soon in his career.

It’s important for the board to make the next appointment quickly but also get the right man in charge. The next two transfer windows will be absolutely vital for the foreseeable future for Rangers and ensuring the right man is at the forefront could be vital.

In other Rangers news, sources have revealed a clash between Van Bronckhorst and senior players that helped lead to his demise.