Michael Beale’s impact since taking over at Rangers is what Queens Park Rangers fans and the other team’s fans didn’t want, and that’s almost untouchable.
By hook or by crook, the new boss’s record at Rangers reads W7 D1, and for those Loftus Road faithful who prayed he’d crash and burn at Ibrox, it’s disheartening. Which is glorious for Rangers fans.
See, Beale’s style is VERY different to anything we’ve ever seen at Ibrox. He’s extremely economical with the truth, he’s quite happy to anger fans with his substitutions, and he seems to have a little touch of favouritism towards some players.
But the proof is in the pudding and you cannot argue with his record. The guy is a belting manager, very good at his job, and he’s not at Rangers to win people over with a charming personality or great humour, he’s here to win things for the club.
In the press he’s cocky, he’s even willing to troll – he’s more than willing to talk absolute nonsense to the media, and ‘say too much’. But while we’ve never seen this style before, he’s backing it up with a-near 100% record.
His record at Ibrox is in fact a tonne better than the start he made at QPR, and that one saw him go top of the table. It wasn’t till Wolves turned his head that the results fell away – at Rangers, assuming Barcelona don’t want him taking over, he’s very unlikely to leave this club for any reason, for any team.
So he’s actually exceeding the worst fears from the other team and QPR, and nailing what he has to at Ibrox.
His Rangers team just keeps winning – it does it messily, some of the defending is abysmal, and the attacking is frequently wasteful up front. And yet it gets there – and that’s the big difference between now and in the latter stages of Gio and probably under any other manager we’ve had since Walter.
That the team does not stop, does not give up, and has a work ethic and never say die attitude that gets it over the line. Even Gerrard’s team despite 55 did not grind things out in the same way, certainly not domestically and not in Europe either bar the qualifiers.
But under Beale, this team is giving everything.
Yes, it helps there’s no Europe to distract it now, and that definitely helps focus for sure, but despite the team being so far behind Celtic, don’t expect it to be plain sailing for Stavros and his men this season. 56 is probably gone, but this team are now grinding it till the end, and not saying die at any point.
We’re in for a bit of a rollercoaster under Michael Beale.