Michael Beale has been appointed as the new manager of Rangers after leaving his role with QPR, the Scottish Premiership side have confirmed.
Rangers recently parted company with Giovanni van Bronckhorst after suffering the worst ever record of any team in a Champions League group stage. Nine points behind rivals Celtic in the Scottish Premiership as well, they felt a change was needed.
Beale was quickly identified as someone they could appoint, after previously working as Steven Gerrard’s assistant at the club between 2018 and 2021.
The 42-year-old took his first management job in the summer with QPR, but has now left the Championship side (who are seventh in the table) to return north of the border.
Rangers have handed Beale a contract until 2026, describing the recent Wolves target as “undoubtedly one of the most sought-after young managers in British football”.
Having built up coaching experience in the academies of Chelsea and Liverpool, as well as the senior sides of Sao Paulo, Rangers and Aston Villa, Beale is now ready for the biggest responsibility of his career so far.
He told Rangers’ official website: “It is fantastic to be back and to see everybody this morning. There are some new faces but some people that I know really well so it is great to see everyone.
“I am hugely proud. It is a wonderful, wonderful football club, it is an institution. For everyone that works here it is a huge privilege, but to be the manager of this football club, that is extremely special.
“Some wonderful people have sat in this chair prior to me, and I am hugely proud to be the person sat here now.”
Rangers welcome Beale back while QPR rue short stint
Beale has taken his backroom team of Neil Banfield, Damian Matthew and Harry Watling with him to Ibrox, where sporting director Ross Wilson is excited to welcome him back.
Wilson added: “I am pleased to welcome Michael back to Rangers today. I know how excited he is about everything that comes with the prestige of being Rangers manager.
“Equally our players and staff at both the training ground and at Ibrox are looking forward to working with Michael. He has a clear plan and will get to work with the group straight away along with the technical and support staff.
“Finally, this is a coveted managerial position and after an intense week of discussions, I wish to extend our sincere thanks to all of the excellent managers who we met to discuss the role.”
For QPR, the attention will now turn to finding a replacement for Beale. TEAMtalk understands that Coventry City boss Mark Robins is someone of interest.
QPR Director of Football Les Ferdinand told their own club website: “Naturally we are hugely disappointed to lose Mick.
“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.”