Amid the scrapheap of yet another league season (yes, we’re already throwing in the towel given what we’re seeing under this manager) it must be pointed out Michael Beale is NOT the preferred choice to be Rangers manager by this board.
Now, some would argue that’s not true, that he came in last November, got backed in January and in the summer, so he’s the pick.
No he isn’t.
Michael Beale was the main pick of former Director of Football Ross Wilson, and the-then Managing Director Stewart Robertson and ex-Chairman Douglas Park backed him up.
Rangers, Park Junior aside, have effectively a completely new board now – chairman John Bennett, no Director of Football, and of course a completely new CEO in James Bisgrove.
They, as diligent board members, have backed Beale financially given he’s the manager from before their roles were altered – he is not THEIR choice as manager, and sacking a man because he’s not your choice is not really the Rangers way.
Instead, Bisgrove and Bennett have rightly supported Beale even though they’re not the people Beale sold his vision to last October, they’re not the guys he persuaded he was the right man.
That man is gone, that was Wilson, in one of his many million masterpiece Rangers moves, backed up by Pinky and Perky.
Now? We have a board who have done the right thing in backing Beale, morally, but their trust in the ‘old’ board’s decision has clearly taken a hammering given how evidently hopeless he is.
So what do we do?
Beale has to go, simple as that. He’s out of his depth, and his work this summer, Butland aside, has been an absolute shambles. Even Todd Cantwell, previously his megastar, is struggling.
The longer Michael Beale remains Rangers manager, keeping Tavernier and Goldson in, playing bizarre formations in some weird Football Manager 2023 experiment, the worse things will get for the club.
But is it too expensive to sack him?