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Michael Beale’s arrival at Rangers happened amid “strange” developments at the Scottish Premiership club, according to Tam McManus.
Beale, 42, was confirmed as the club’s 18th permanent manager on Monday (28 November) after a deal was agreed to pinch him from QPR.
Giovanni van Bronckhorst was sacked last week but while the pressure was high on the Dutchman, Beale was spotted at Ibrox amid speculation that he was on a list of names who could be next in charge.
He also rejected the job at Wolves while he was still at QPR, saying that loyalty is important to him a month prior to his decision to leave Loftus Road for an Ibrox return.
McManus is a bit miffed by Beale’s behaviour in the weeks leading up to his move to Rangers being made official but ultimately, he believes the appointment is one that’ll go down well with fans.
“It’s obviously something that’s been going on in the background,” Beale told Ibrox News.
“When you look at the way it happened, the way Beale went to that game when van Bronckhorst was in charge still.
“When you look at it now, it looks as if he was up to speak to people, maybe the board, because the manager at the time was under pressure.
“Something may have been going on in the background.
“Beale’s been at QPR, he knocked back Wolves, he said that he was going to remain loyal to QPR and there were quotes about him not being the first to jump ship.
“But lo and behold, Rangers have come in and he’s jumped ship.
“It’s been a strange week or two with everything that’s happened but I think Rangers fans will be delighted he’s there.
“Beale’s someone who knows the club, he knows the players, he’s experienced big nights at Rangers, won trophies, won the league.
“It’s a different scenario now he’s number one rather than being a first-team coach.
“If it goes well, he comes in and wins game, he’ll be a hero.
“But you don’t get anything for being second place in Glasgow and unfortunately, that’s where Rangers are at the minute.”
In other Rangers news, Michael Stewart slammed Beale for an “unsavoury” incident at Ibrox.