Pundit shares Michael Beale 'head on the block' view as Rangers job saga continues
Tam McManus feels Michael Beale will have his “head on the block” should he take the vacant managerial position at Rangers.
The Scottish Daily Mail report (pg 87, 25 November) that the 42-year-old is yet to decide whether he wants to replace Giovanni van Bronckhorst at Ibrox.
It’s understood Rangers want an appointment by Monday and McManus believes a former player in the backroom staff could be a good option for Beale, should he take the job at Ibrox.
Talking on the PLZ Football Show (16:29, 25 November): “I think his pedigree and coaching capabilities are not going to be questioned. However, it’s different from being a number two or a number three than being front and centre. You’ve got to pick the right team, you’ve got to get results and it’s your head on the block.
“I think who he brings in will also be crucial. When you look at van Bronckhorst bringing all the Dutch boys in, I think he could have done with an ex-Rangers player, maybe Barry Ferguson or Neil McCann. We will have to see who he brings in, but I think Beale is definitely the man Rangers want.”
The appointment of Beale will divide opinion amongst the Ibrox faithful, with many yearning for the former Rangers coach to make a return to the club. He’s a popular figure amongst large swathes of the fan base, and he evidently understands the ins and outs of Rangers very well.
However, there will be some who doubt his experience to date. With QPR being his first job as a manager. No disrespect to Queen’s Park Rangers, but the job at Ibrox is on a different planet when it comes to expectations and the size of the club.
Beale will be given time if he is the man to succeed Giovanni van Bronckhorst, but he must be able to handle the immense criticism which could end up heading his way if he cannot turn things around quickly.
This season is not dead and buried by a long way, with there still a lot to play for on the domestic front. If the new manager is backed in January there’s a good chance Rangers could still mount a title challenge.
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