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Wolves next manager latest: Michael Beale now top choice for Wolves

Wolves will now make an approach to QPR over Michael Beale, having made him their top choice to replace Bruno Lage.

The club will attempt to prise Beale away from Loftus Road, despite him having only been in the job since the summer.

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Beale, 42, has enjoyed an impressive start to life at the London club.

Currently the Rs are sixth in the Championship table, having won seven, drawn three and lost four of their 14 games so far.

Wolves received a blow last week when Julen Lopetegui decided to turn the job down in order to focus on his family. At the moment the Spaniard’s father is not well.

So Wolves have been exploring other options.

Rob Edwards was recently interviewed, and in recent days there have been mentions of Peter Bosz and former manager Nuno Espirito Santo.

On Sunday, the Express & Star first reported that Wolves were also considering Beale.

Today, David Ornstein of The Athletic has reported that Wolves have now made Beale their number one target.

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It is stated that Wolves are expected to move quickly for Beale. QPR are actually in action tonight against Cardiff City.

Apparently, Beale’s contract does carry a release clause. So, if Wanderers do meet that clause and Beale wants to go, then it should be relatively straightforward.

The Daily Mail are reporting that the clause is around £1 million. They also say the club is hoping to have him in the dugout for Sunday’s game against Leicester City.

The development comes after Beale said only yesterday that he was happy at Loftus Road.

He said: “At the moment, it’s my first job, and I could not be happier with how things are going – with the owners, the staff, the players. I’m in a great place in my personal life with my family as well.”

It remains to be seen if Wolves making an official approach will see Beale perhaps consider the move.

Wolves appointing Michael Beale would be a big risk, but a non-Mendes client could be the right move

So it looks as though Beale is now the hot favourite to replace Lage.

It would be a very interesting appointment indeed. Undoubtedly, it would be a risk from Wolves.

Beale is highly spoken of by people he’s worked with.

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But he is currently only in his first job as an actual first-team manager.

To go from four months at QPR to Wolves in the Premier League is a big step up for someone still quite inexperienced.

But may after Nuno and Lage – who were both Jorge Mendes clients – it could be time for a change of direction at Molineux.