Mick Beale in the frame for Rangers job after turning down Wolves
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Mick Beale in the frame for Rangers job after turning down Wolves

QPR manager Mick Beale is being linked with the Rangers job, just weeks after he turned down advances from Wolves.

The English coach has been tipped to replace Giovanni van Bronckhorst, who was sacked by the club last week.

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van Bronckhorst was relieved of his duties after a year in charge at Ibrox, with Rangers currently nine points behind Celtic in the Scottish Premiership table.

He guided the club to the Scottish Cup last season and the Europa League final.

Rangers officials have decided a change of direction was needed, and Beale is apparently someone they’re considering.

And the Daily Record say that he is interested in the gig.

QPR’s sporting director Les Ferdinand has said he would not stand in Beale’s way if he wanted to make the move.

The development comes after Wolves made an approach for Beale last month.

Wanderers initially said they’d be keeping Steve Davis in interim charge until 2023. But an approach was made to QPR over Beale, but he decided he wanted to stay at the club having only taken over in the summer.

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Beale said at the time of his decision to stay (via Birmingham Mail): “No, not really (close to leaving), because I think the people close to me are really aware of what I want to achieve here at QPR and what I came here to set out and do.

“I’m 100% convinced it’s the place the be. When you look at an opportunity that has been given, we knew at the start of the season that mid-table pushing up towards the play-offs would be a good season, because it was a young group coming together and a first-time manager.”

Following the links to Wolves, Beale’s overseen some poor results at QPR.

Beale got wins over Cardiff City and Wigan Athletic, but it’s been four defeats in the last five Championship games since.

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It will be very interesting to see what Beale does.

After turning down Wolves, he was pretty strong with the reasons he gave, talking about the QPR project and the need to be loyal.

But recent results have not been good at Loftus Road.

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It remains to be seen if he will jump ship, with Rangers obviously a huge club.

Wolves fans – who are delighted with the ultimate appointment of Julen Lopetegui – will be curious to see what he decides to do.