Rangers ready to make formal approach for QPR manager and former Steven Gerrard assistant Michael Beale as Scottish giants search for Giovanni van Bronckhorst replacement

    Rangers are ready to make a formal approach to speak to Queens Park Rangers manager Michael Beale, talkSPORT understands.

    Beale, a former assistant to Steven Gerrard at Ibrox, has emerged as a top target to replace the sacked Giovanni van Bronckhorst.

    Simon Jordan senses Giovanni van Bronckhorst could be sacked at Rangers by January

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    Van Bronckhorst has been shown the door at Ibrox after a poor run of results

    And have identified Beale as their top target to replace the Dutchman

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    And have identified Beale as their top target to replace the Dutchman

    QPR accepted a request from Wolves to hold talks with Beale earlier this season but he rejected their advances.

    The Scottish giants are on the lookout for a new manager having sacked Van Bronckhorst with Gers nine points off the top of the Scottish Premiership and exiting the Champions League as statistically the worst side to ever play in the competition.

    Beale’s stock is high at the moment having made a good start to life as QPR manager, taking them to the top of the table in October.

    They’re winless in their last five Championship matches but are still in the promotion hunt as they find themselves in seventh spot.

    Beale’s big break in football saw him become a part-time youth coach at Chelsea.

    He then moved to Liverpool, where he became manager of their under-16s side and then the under-23 side.

    Beale was Gerrard’s assistant at Rangers and Villa but is making his name as a manager now

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    Beale was Gerrard’s assistant at Rangers and Villa but is making his name as a manager now

    In this role he crossed paths with Steven Gerrard, who he followed to Rangers in May 2018.

    He was Gerrard’s assistant when Rangers became Scottish champions for the 55th time, denying Celtic a tenth league title in a row in the process.

    Beale followed Gerrard to Aston Villa in November 2021 before taking the QPR job last summer.

    An impressive start to the campaign saw Wolves make an approach, but Beale rejected their advances, citing his ‘integrity and loyalty’ as the reason for turning the job down.

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