By Jonty Banks

25th Nov, 2022 | 7:10am

Rangers to be given permission to speak to Michael Beale today

Queens Park Rangers manager Michael Beale will likely be given permission to speak to Rangers about the vacant manager position on Friday 25 November, according to SunSport.

The 42-year-old is the leading contender to take the reins in the Ibrox dugout after Giovanni van Bronkhorst was sacked after just a year in the hot seat at the Scottish club.

Rangers currently sit nine points behind league leaders Celtic following a dire start to the season and are looking to appoint a manager during the World Cup break.

The former Ibrox coach has emerged as the frontrunner of a shortlist including several other managers, and it is rumoured that members of the Rangers board were in London yesterday, with talks set to commence. [Glasgow Times]

The SunSport report said: “Gers are now set to make an official approach for QPR boss Beale tomorrow [Friday 25 November].

“Rangers dealmakers Ross Wilson and Stewart Robertson have been working through a shortlist since firing Gio van Bronckhorst last Monday.

“But Beale has now let it be known he would welcome an approach and a return to Ibrox.”

Only a matter of time

It seems that Ross Wilson and Stewart Robertson have their eyes firmly set on Beale, and it is only a matter of time before he is named the new Gers boss.

It will be a fond return to the Ibrox for Beale, who was Steven Gerrard’s assistant manager during his three and a half years at the club, with fans likely to greet the Englishman with open arms.

Although the 42-year-old has only managed 21 games of competitive football as manager at QPR, it is thought Beale was the brains behind Steven Gerrard’s masterplan at both Rangers and Aston Villa – so much so that when he left for QPR, Gerrard seemingly couldn’t last without him.

The move to make him manager is a risk but an exciting one.

It was always unlikely QPR would stand in Beale’s way, and the lure and pulling power of the Ibrox club should prove too much for this highly-touted manager.

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