Chris Sutton immediately hit back at Michael Beale’s message to Rangers fans after he was officially announced as the new Ibrox manager.
The former assistant’s return from QPR was finally unveiled on Monday night (28 November), with the 42-year-old delivering a message direct to the club’s support on Rangers TV that “we have to win for you”.
His vow was called a “solemn promise” by the Daily Record, prompting Sutton to react dismissively after Beale’s decision to turn down the chance to take the Wolves job last month in favour of finishing what he’d started at Loftus Road.
Reacting to the report on his personal Twitter account Sutton said: “Michael Beale sent a solemn promise to QPR fans just over a month ago…”
Beale made things difficult for himself by speaking about loyalty and integrity as part of his reasoning for deciding against moving to Molineux just weeks after taking the QPR job.
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That may have been how he felt at the time but it was always going to leave him open to criticism if something came along to change that stance.
And that is exactly what happened when Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s reign started crumbling, and it became increasingly clear that Beale had eyes on Ibrox after his 29 October appearance at the stadium for the 4-1 win over Aberdeen.
He may not have expected the job offer to come this quickly, but as things fell apart for the Dutchman Ross Wilson seems to have been intent on bringing Steven Gerrard’s former number two back to Glasgow.
Beale has maintained that Rangers hold a special place in his estimation which overrides all other offers and plans, and he now has the opportunity to cement his place in the fans’ eyes if he can bring the team out of the rut they went into the World Cup break wallowing in.
There is risk involved, as well as plenty of criticism from the outside, but if results improve and Beale can crucially start to redress the balance with Celtic then few on the blue side of the city will be worried about any of the negatives.
In other Rangers news, a key first day bonus saw Beale immediately get into his squad after training was held back.