Michael Beale is set to be the most unwanted manager in Rangers’ recent history if a straw poll on Ibrox Noise is anything to go by.
The current QPR manager, set to be named Rangers’ new boss imminently going by information from all sources, appears to have his work cut out to win over fans after Ibrox Noise’s straw poll delivered a heavily negative response to the likely appointment, and while we can’t count up thousands of comments for you, we can estimate it looks at least 70% against this appointment.
The last time Rangers appointed a permanent manager this unpopular was a tie between Alex McLeish and Pedro. We’re not even going to consider the Murty shambles.
The weight of opinion is most definitely against Beale, and the fans are certainly not behind him in the way they were for his old boss or even predecessor Giovanni van Bronckhorst. It is an about turn for a group of fans who seemed to heavily favour Beale only a week or so ago, but as his appointment has looked closer and closer, opinion has dramatically shifted against the new manager.
It’s completely typical of social media, where opinions change like the wind and yesterday’s hero is today’s villain – so Beale, assuming he’s appointed Rangers’ 18th manager, will have a massive job on his hand to win over a massive portion of the fanbase who think he’s the wrong choice.
Right or wrong?
Ibrox Noise will support this manager, as we supported Walter, Ally, McCall, Warby, Pedro, Stevie and Gio – and we will call him out on errors as we did for all his predecessors.
We are not going to speak for all fans, that would be arrogant, and we never professed to be a voice for the supporters, just a supportive platform to let everyone have their say, but we at Ibrox Noise do support and endorse the appointment, and wish him success.
If you can’t get behind Beale at this point, or whoever the new manager is if not the current favourite, then you’re probably not a proper Rangers fan who wants what’s best for the club – you’re allowed to think it a mistake, but as soon as he signs on the line, he should get your backing.
If not, that’s on your conscience.