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Michael Beale to Rangers confirmed and hailed as ‘one of the most sought-after matches in British football’ as QPR ‘hugely disappointed’

Rangers have confirmed the appointment of Michael Beale as their new manager.

Beale, who was previously an assistant to Steven Gerrard at Ibrox, returns to Glasgow having left his role as QPR boss.

Beale is the 18th manager of Rangers, replacing Giovanni van Bronckhorst at the helm

Upon confirming Beale’s appointment on a contract until the summer of 2026, Rangers declared him as “undoubtedly one of the most sought-after young managers in British football”.

“It is an exciting appointment for the club, with Beale undoubtedly one of the most sought-after young managers in British football,” Rangers said in a statement.

“Indeed, in his previous time at Rangers he tirelessly supported manager Steven Gerrard and the technical staff in working towards winning title number 55 in 2021, while the club, under Gerrard, was relaunched on the European stage and built a superb reputation once there.

“Beale has strong, existing relationships with many members of the first-team squad, and, of course, fully understands the unique nature of Rangers Football Club and the demands and standards that come with representing the club.”

There’s been some controversy surrounding Beale’s departure, with the 42-year-old rejecting an offer from Wolves in October, citing ‘loyalty and integrity’ as his reasons for staying with QPR, who he joined in the summer. However, a matter of weeks later he’s taken the Rangers job.

QPR Director of Football Les Ferdinand said: “Naturally we are hugely disappointed to lose Mick.

Beale was Gerrard’s assistant at Rangers, the highlight seeing them win their 55th league title in 2021


Beale was Gerrard’s assistant at Rangers, the highlight seeing them win their 55th league title in 2021

“Our extensive research when we were looking for a new head coach highlighted him as being very-much aligned with the direction we are moving in as a football club.

“The start to the season we have made, coupled with very attractive football being played, gave us cause for optimism as we looked to build on the previous three seasons.

“That optimism remains but there is no doubt it is a blow to lose Mick so soon into his tenure.”

QPR CEO Lee Hoos said: “The search for Mick’s replacement doesn’t start now – as a club we are always updating a short-list of potential candidates so that we are ready for a situation such as this, and we will be moving quickly to make an appointment.

“Mick helped us move the club forward – and we are grateful for that. The next managerial appointment we make will continue that progression.

“There is so much to play for this season and I fully appreciate fans’ frustrations right now. Your support has been incredible and the players need your backing now more than ever.”

Coaches Neil Banfield, Damian Matthew and Harry Watling have also left QPR to join Beale in Scotland.

Paul Hall, QPR’s B Team manager, will take over first-team duties while the Championship club look to find a permanent successor to Beale.


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