Sources: Michael Beale is top Rangers manager target
Rangers have made their former coach Michael Beale their top target to replace Giovanni van Bronckhorst if he is sacked, sources have told Football Insider.
The Dutchman is clinging on to his job and may not be safe even if he oversees a second win of the week in Saturday lunchtime’s trip to St Mirren.
Should the Ibrox board decide to make a change during the World Cup, Rangers director of football Ross Wilson will lead the way in identifying a successor.
His top target is believed to be Beale, the current QPR manager who is making an excellent impression in his first senior management role.
The two are good friends and struck up an excellent relationship during the Londoner’s three years as first-team coach at Rangers.
Speculation about Beale potentially returning to Ibrox intensified when he was spotted at the stadium on 29 October for the 4-1 Scottish Premiership win over Aberdeen.
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The 42-year-old followed Steven Gerrard to Aston Villa in November of last year but then severed ties with his former Rangers and Liverpool colleague to take on the QPR job during the summer.
The west Londoners raced out of the starting blocks to lead the Championship after 16 matches but they have now dropped to sixth in the table following three defeats and a draw in their last four games in the competition.
Beale earned the admiration of QPR supporters when he rejected the Wolves manager job last month.
Football Insider revealed at the start of the week that Rangers chiefs held talks on Monday about Van Bronckhorst’s position and decided to stick with their under-fire manager up until the mid-season break.
There have been growing calls from supporters for Van Bronckhorst to be fired in the wake of last Sunday’s 2-1 Scottish Premiership defeat at St Johnstone, which leaves the Glasgow giants seven points behind Celtic in the title race.
Rangers’ 3-1 defeat to Ajax last week left them with a Champions League record minus-20 goal deficit from their six group stage matches, all of which were comprehensively lost.
There is great concern in the boardroom about the sterility of domestic performances, with the midweek win over Hearts doing little to convince them Celtic can be deposed from the top this season.