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Aston Villa assistant head coach speaks as QPR confirm his managerial appointment

Aston Villa assistant head coach Michael Beale speaks as QPR confirm his managerial appointment this Wednesday afternoon.

Beale followed Steven Gerrard to Aston Villa from Rangers last November and now blessing has been made so that he can leave Villa Park and take his first job as a number one with the Championship club.

QPR have been without a manager since Mark Warburton’s contract expired at the end of the campaign. The club were on the fringes of automatic promotion in February but won just three of their final 18 league matches to fall out of play-off contention and finish 11th.

“Aston Villa can confirm Assistant Head Coach Michael Beale has left the Club to take up the manager’s post at Queens Park Rangers.

“Michael joined the Club in November last year as part of Steven Gerrard’s backroom staff and leaves with the best wishes of everyone at Aston Villa.”


QPR have appointed Michael Beale as the club’s new head coach on a three-year contract.

Beale moves to Loftus Road from Premier League side Aston Villa, where he served as assistant manager to Steven Gerrard.

The 41-year-old arrives in W12 with a hugely-impressive coaching pedigree which spans 20 years.

After his own playing career was cut short at just 21, Beale has since worked his way into key positions in the academies of both Chelsea and Liverpool, forming a relationship with Gerrard at the latter which would result in the duo working together at both Glasgow Rangers and Aston Villa.

A highly-respected coach who has had a hand in developing the likes of Trent Alexander-Arnold, Mason Mount and Declan Rice, now it’s Beale’s turn to make his first foray into management – and he couldn’t be more excited.

“It’s fantastic to be here,” Beale told www.qpr.co.uk. “I’ve been looking for the right opportunity and I think I have that now – the right club, the right people, the right ambition and the right support.

“I’m a London boy and know everything this club stands for. This is a wonderful opportunity for me and a really good time for the club as well.

“I’ve been left a solid platform by Mark Warburton, which I’m obviously pleased about, and that enables me to kick on from hereon in.

“I want us to be a front foot and high-intensity team, in and out of possession. I want Loftus Road to be a real cauldron for us – I’ve been to games here and I know just how much the fans can impact the team on the pitch.

“We’ve got a young, hungry team and everyone has their best days in front of them. I’m absolutely excited about working with the players that we already have here.

“The players played in an attractive style last season and now I’m looking to add my stamp to that, so that we can kick on even further.”

Speaking in detail about the appointment process, QPR chairman Amit Bhatia said: “This has perhaps been the most comprehensive search that we’ve conducted during my time at the club.

“A lot of work went into the process – there were interviews with a number of impressive candidates. We wanted to give the process the consideration it deserves.

“That’s what we’ve done and we’re thrilled with the outcome in appointing Michael. He was the unanimous first choice of the board, taking into consideration a number of different metrics, and we’re thrilled to have landed our man.

“His pedigree is clear and all of the feedback we received on Michael was incredibly encouraging. We’re all really excited about the period ahead of us now.”

CEO Lee Hoos added: “This was a meticulous process that has yielded a very positive outcome – we’re really excited to have Michael on board.

“A lot of credit must go to our recruitment department who did a fantastic job in amassing a lot of data so that we could identify candidates who could really take this club forward.

“There were a number of different considerations – how individuals work with younger age groups, how they set up and how they play – playing style was a big factor for us.

“The DNA of the club is now firmly in place, which we’re grateful to Mark Warburton for helping to establish. Now it’s about building on that and Michael fits in very well in that respect.

“There is a lot to look forward to.”

A further announcement regarding Beale’s backroom staff will be made in due course.


Fans gave their reaction while the now former Aston Villa assistant head coach speaks as QPR confirm his managerial appointment…

@paulfinney1969: Good luck man and no pressure just win every game all good

@AVFCStatto: Good luck Michael 💜💙

@mtcuthbertson22: What an appointment for QPR 🔥

@cje1874: Another year. Another assistant manager gone 😭

@glasgowsportsfa: Elite level coach. Let’s see how he does as a manager.

@AVFC_Cian: Cheers, I’m crying now 😪😪

@PenaCartel: All the best Michael, no doubt you’ll do the business

@CF3Loyal: Excellent appointment for QPR and a real test for Michael Beale to see if he can step up to be the main man. I wish him all the best and will be following results from afar, hoping he is a success and one day returns to the number 1 Rangers 😉

@Riv158: Thanks crying 😢💜💙

@Ross201189: Great appointment for the club and thoroughly deserved for Mick.

@csimpsonWatp: All the best .. I say this with the backing of the nearly all rangers fans he was the bigger loss over gerrard 🔴⚪️🔵 hope you smash this

@rfcrossko: As a rangers fan what an appointment for your team, when Gerrard left alot of us was actually more worried about losing Beale than Gerrard himself, am really wanting to see Beale do well, he’s the brains behind us closing the gap on Celtic and winning 55

@gio_van_murty: Gerrard is now well and truely fucked!! Beale was the brains behind him! Gerrard he pulling power for signings but as a coach he was non existent!! Good luck @MichaelBeale I have no doubts you’ll smash it!!!

@dibs1872: Good Luck Michael hope to see you back at Glasgow Rangers one day 👍🔴⚪🔵

@Dj_Dazavich: Amazing appointment, the guy is an absolute class act and knows the game inside out. Kick on Michael and hopefully we’ll see you in the big seat at Ibrox in a few years 🔴⚪🔵

@JackC1872: Take care of him. Treat him right. Trust him. If you threw this man into the beaches at Normandy he’d have had the entire war wrapped up in a week with his frightening tactics and still be home in time for dinner.

@endurance69: Yous have got some tactician there QPR! All the best Michael and hope to see you at some point at the famous Glasgow Rangers.🇬🇧💙💪

@SlowJamsForever: Understandable, but a shame. Full confidence in the club to find a good replacement for him! Great to have another club in the Championship who’ll be eager to take one of our kids in on loan. Best of luck @MichaelBeale! #UTV

@QPRTravels: Let us have some decent players on loan we will look after. Cheers in advance x

@arnmillar72: All the best 🇬🇧

@and_alan: All the best, I’m sure you will breeze it 🔴⚪️🔵

@Villaed_: Thought he’d give us at least one full season to be honest. Bet Gerrard isn’t best pleased.

@JohnKnox1872: Outstanding!!! I wanted to keep him at Rangers before Gio was appointed!! The footballing brain on this guy is unreal – he has been all over Europe teaching and delivering seminars to some of Europe’s elite 👏 A big loss for Gerrard too I say!!

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