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Rangers: Journalist clams Michael Beale likely near top of managerial shortlist

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Journalist Ewan Murray believes that Michael Beale has to be one of the names under consideration by the Rangers board to be the club’s next manager.

Giovanni van Bronckhorst remains in his post at Ibrox, but with results being poor and fans clearly showing discontent towards the Dutch boss, he may not be at the club for much longer after this mid-season break.

Therefore, the Gers board should have a contingency plan in place to ensure his successor is lined up and appointed relatively swiftly. Interestingly, former assistant Beale was back at Ibrox recently, hinting at the possibility of him returning as first-team manager.

Murray has claimed on The Press Box podcast that Beale has to be someone the Rangers board are looking at after inviting him to Ibrox not too long ago, but felt a move was unlikely due to timing.

He said: “The one who you have to suspect is high on the list of the Rangers board given he was a guest at a game the other week is Michael Beale, but Michael Beale’s high in the English Championship with Queens Park Rangers, living in London – you would have to think the timing’s not right for that one.”

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It would be a rather sensational turnaround for Beale to end up back at Ibrox in the near future having recently turned down the Wolves job before speaking about loyalty and how he couldn’t walk out on QPR.

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However, perhaps the lure of managing in Europe and going back to a club where he enjoyed great success alongside Steven Gerrard could be too good to turn down if an offer ended up coming his way.

Beale has previously claimed that his visit to Rangers was nothing to be looked into or speculated about as he just wanted to say goodbye to people he never got a chance to back when he left with Gerrard for Aston Villa, so nothing appears imminent as of yet.

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