Rangers are expected to seek permission from Queens Park Rangers to speak to head coach Mick Beale about the vacant managerial position at Ibrox.
If granted, it is believed Beale – who enjoys good relations with senior club figures – would be interested in holding talks to become Rangers’ 18th permanent manager, following the sacking of Giovanni van Bronckhorst on Monday.
However, it’s understood the club are considering other goals as well, with no official approach yet made for any particular individual.
Gers sporting director Ross Wilson has been working on an extensive shortlist, with several names like Sean Dyche, Kjetil Knutsen and Gerardo Seoane also linked to the role.
It is understood QPR director of football Les Ferdinand will not block any formal approach from Rangers, should the Ibrox board move for Beale – a stance the London club took when Wolves made their decision for the 42-year-old.
Beale was part of Steven Gerrard’s backroom team at Rangers who won the club’s 55th top-flight title in 2021 before leaving for Aston Villa last November with Gerrard.
The Englishman then decided to become Loftus Road boss in the summer and turned down an approach from Wolves last month, citing ‘integrity and loyalty’ as his reason for turning down the Premier League job.
Meanwhile, the Ibrox club are in talks with the backstage team left behind by Van Bronckhorst.
Dave Vos, Roy Makaay, Arno Philips and Yori Bosschaart all joined last November, however, like previous managerial changes, those who arrived with the Dutchman are expected to leave.
‘Beale fits Rangers and knows the club’
Former Rangers striker Kenny Miller believes Beale is one of the best options to succeed Van Bronckhorst.
He said Sky Sports News“There are plenty of names that come to mind.
“One for me who would be right at the top of the list would be Mick Beale. His name has come up over the last month as Rangers have been working hard.
“I think he fits in, he knows the club, he knows the players. There would be no surprises if he returned to the building in terms of the demands and expectations of the football club and he started his own journey as a manager quite well too so I think he would be high on the list.”
sky sports Specialist and former Rangers striker Kris Boyd believes Beale is one of the names in the running to succeed Van Bronckhorst.
“Whether it’s big names trying to launch their managerial careers like Steven Gerrard or managers trying to rebuild their reputations like Brendan Rodgers, only to return to England afterwards, I wouldn’t rule anyone out,” Boyd said. .
“Rangers can’t afford the Premier League salaries that Sean Dyche or Ralph Hasenhuttl would have been on, but there is a particular attraction to the two big clubs in Scotland, the lure of playing in Europe and the chance to win. trophies.
“The most obvious at this point would be Mick Beale. Rangers fans remember what he did under Steven Gerrard, and they are extremely proud that he was part of the team that delivered (title number ) 55 for club soccer. There is a clear connection there.
“It remains to be seen whether Mick Beale wants to leave QPR at this time, he obviously turned down Wolves not too long ago.
“Was it the right decision, or maybe he got wind that something was going to happen at Ibrox and he was ready to wait for it, we don’t know. He will definitely be someone. one who is in contention.”
Rangers’ next five games
December 15: Hibernian (h), Scottish Premiership, kick off 8pm, live sky sports
December 20: Aberdeen (a), Scottish Premiership, kick-off 8 p.m., live sky sports
December 23: Ross County (a), Scottish Premiership, kick-off 7:30 p.m., live sky sports
December 28: Motherwell (h), Scottish Premiership, kick off 7.45pm
January 2: Celtic (h), Scottish Premiership, kick off 12.30pm, live sky sports
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