While there’s a wee spot of division over Steven Gerrard from some Rangers fans (albeit it’s nowhere near as impassioned as it was) one man from his management team definitely curried nothing but favour with Rangers, demonstrating commitment and loyalty to the Famous and working his hardest.
When it came to leaving he left fans in no doubt how he felt about the club, and there was an outpouring of support and camaraderie.
And now Michael Beale has left Aston Villa, finally beginning his own fledgling management career, an ambition he’s harboured for 20 years, from his youth coaching days till as recently a week ago.
Beale in no way divides Rangers fans, he isn’t a controversial topic, and he remains a very popular figure among supporters to this day, all of whom wish him well at QPR as his own man.
But of course, there are many angles to look at this from, and Ibrox Noise takes you through all of them:
1: Is the quirky curiosity that so into Rangers was ‘Bealey’ that his first management job is another Rangers, in Queens Park. He clearly really, really likes all things Rangers, and will always be welcome back at Ibrox. Not that Gerrard isn’t, but you get the point.
2: How will he do as a manager? We’d imagine pretty well. His system and tactics not to mention sideline coaching did the majority of the work at Ibrox, albeit we couldn’t guess at the ratio at Villa Park. But it will be absolutely fascinating to see how Bealey copes at Loftus Road as the big boss.
3: He of course replaces another ex-Rangers boss, in Mark Warburton. His spell there wasn’t bad, a win % of sub 50. He didn’t come close to promotion though, and there’s definitely a feeling the man peaked at Brentford then Championship Rangers.
4: Bealey is looking at bringing ANOTHER ex-Rangers man in Kevin Thomson onto his coaching staff in London. The ex-player, who quit Kelty Hearts recently, is being linked with a few lower division jobs, but Loftus Road alongside Beale must be tempting.
5: And last but not least, just how will Beale’s exit from Villa affect Gerrard, who was so utterly reliant on his right-hand man? Will he be exposed as a manager, or has he learned enough on the job not to rely on one man after all? Villa’s results will be fascinating.
We wish all these Rangers men the best, and it will be fascinating to see how they all do.