By Anthony Onifade

16th Mar, 2023 | 10:10am

Rangers coach Harry Watling should stay at Ibrox and learn trade under Michael Beale after news emerge regarding future

Rangers first-team coach Harry Watling should remain at Ibrox and learn his coaching trade under Michael Beale after news emerged regarding managerial interest from English Football League clubs.

The 33-year-old is regarded as one of the brightest young coaches in England and joined Michael Beale’s coaching setup at QPR before they moved to Rangers in November.

The Mirror reported on 9 March (page 57) that Watling, 33, is wanted by a number of English Football League clubs with a “managerial merry-go-round” set to take place in the Championship and League One.

EFL giants Charlton are potentially looking for a new coach with Dean Holden linked with the vacant post at Oxford United.

Pundit Tam McManus believes Beale won’t stand in Watling’s way if clubs do come calling and stated that a move to kick off his managerial journey would be too tempting to turn down.

“Listen, he’s a young coach – he’s only 33,” McManus told Ibrox News.

Subscribe to Football Insider TV now

Michael Beale brought him in and Michael will know the script because he did this under Steven Gerrard.

You come in and learn the trade under the manager but if a big opportunity comes in – and Charlton are a big club in England – if a chance comes in to go and get your first job somewhere, he’d take it.

Beale would want to keep him at Rangers but if a Championship or League One club comes in and he fancies it, he can be his own man.

Certainly, a move away to an EFL club may indeed prove tempting, but many coaches have taken the same route and failed at the first sign of trouble or pressure from within.

The Championship and League One are incredibly tough and testing divisions, arguably just as difficult as the Premier League with even the best of young coaches suffering an unfortunate baptism of fire.

Watling has become a pivotal part of Beale’s impressive setup at Ibrox and his expertise at set pieces is one of the main reasons why he is highly regarded in England.

Set-pieces have become a huge part of the modern game these days and with the Gers looking to re-invent themselves for a major assault on their Old-Firm rivals Celtic next season, it’s unlikely Beale and the club would allow Watling to leave so soon.

Watling should learn from Beale who has steadily bided his time through the youth setups at various clubs before making the big change to become manager of Queens Park Rangers where he impressed.

Experience at such a level is desperately needed which Watling doesn’t have as yet. Beale will be desperate for top-level coaches and assistants in his ear for the foreseeable future and Watling has become a vital part of that.

He should stay and become a huge part of any future success Rangers have before making the jump to be the top-level coach he’s primed to become.

In other Rangers news, a pundit with insider information at Ibrox has shared one condition that will make Douglas Park leave Ibrox.