By Saikat Mandal

26th Nov, 2022 | 2:10pm

Rangers join Flamengo in hunt to hire Luis Castro as new manager

Rangers have joined Flamengo to land Luis Castro as their next manager, as reported by Goal Brazil.

Flamengo initially wanted Vitor Pereira and they entered talks to sign him. However, the Portuguese changed his mind after learning about interest from Rio de Janeiro.

They have now switched their attention towards signing Botafogo manager Castro but face a “complicated situation” with the Bears joining the race as well.

It has been widely reported that the Bears want to sign Michael Beale as a replacement for Giovanni van Bronckhorst, but Castro has emerged as another option for them.

Key decision

The Gers are taking their time to appoint the next manager and they must get it spot on.

Beale is still the favourite though, but it appears that his appointment is not imminent as previously suggested. 

Sky Sports reported on 24 November that the Bears are set to approach Queens Park Rangers for permission to hold talks with Beale for the vacant managerial position at Ibrox. 

QPR have also begun their search for a new boss at Loftus Road, as they expect their manager to leave the club. 

Beale is a favourite among the fans but doubts remain about his managerial ability. He has done reasonably well with QPR so far, but his appointment could be a monumental gamble. 

Castro has got loads of experience as a manager. He has previously managed clubs like Porto and Shakhtar Donetsk and has experience managing clubs in the Champions League. 

Beale knows the Glasgow club very well and could play an instrumental role in getting the best out of senior players like Alfredo Morelos, Ryan Kent, and others, who have underperformed under the Dutchman this season. 

The next few days are absolutely vital as the Bears now need to make a firm decision. 

In other Rangers news, a Serie A club is keen to sign this first-team player in the January window.