Journalist Mark Guidi has said that Michael Beale will have to be very measured when speaking to the media are else “all hell could break loose.”
Beale was announced as just the 18th permanent Rangers manager on Monday evening.
It’s a privileged position he now finds himself in after leaving his post at QPR in the Championship to head north of the border.
The 42-year-old will take on just his second managerial role having only stepped up to be a no.1 in the summer.
He will return to Ibrox having been part of Steven Gerrard’s backroom team between 2018 and 2022 but Guidi has sent a stern reminder to the new man in the hot seat.
Speaking on the GO Radio Football Show, he said: “I remember Alec McLeish saying to me when he was manager at Motherwell, of course, then he went to Hibs, then he became the manager at Rangers and he was very, very successful in his first two years.
“But in his first couple of months, I remember speaking to Alec, he says, I was at Motherwell and Hibs, I could speak to the media – and I know the media’s changed as well, now – but he said I speak to the media and I could speak for an hour and a half and I’d get 10 paragraphs in the paper.
“He says [as] Rangers manager, I speak for two minutes and it’s the back page and the inside spread and they’re always looking for an angle – and that’s what Michael Beale will need to get used to very quickly.
“Every word he says is under the microscope.
“You can speak for half an hour and get everything spot on; one word out of place and all hell could break loose.”
TIF Thoughts on Guidi’s comments…
Will Michael Beale succeed at Rangers?
Given the gulf in size between Rangers and Beale’s former west London employers, it is a huge role for him to undertake and especially considering he is vastly inexperienced.
However, having been an understudy to Gerrard for so long in Glasgow you would expect him to know how to play the game.
The former Liverpool captain previously admitted that it would take him “15 to 20 years to become as good as Michael Beale as an on-pitch coach” insisting that he was an “expert” in the field, but now as the main man in the dugout and in front of the camera, it will be interesting to see how the Bromley-born tactician conducts himself away from the field and how he manages the team behind the scenes.