The Queen’s Park Rangers boss has been the front-runner for the job, with Sky Sports reporting (24 November) the board are seeking permission to talk to their former assistant.
The Scottish Daily Mail (pg 87, 25 November) suggest Rangers want to make an appointment by Monday and that Beale is “considering his options” before giving an answer on Friday or Saturday.
It appears it’s not as straightforward as everyone thought it was going to be when it comes to Beale returning to Ibrox. The 42-year-old has turned down a Premier League job this season so it would not be out of the question for him to do it again.
Rangers are certainly a different proposition to Wolves in terms of fan base and size of the club, but Beale is still young in his managerial career and may well feel the time isn’t right for him to return north of the border. Many fans will be divided on the appointment of their former assistant, with Beale clearly a talented coach, who may well be lacking a little bit of experience.
It’s a tough situation for the board because there is a clamour for the club to make the appointment quickly, but it’s also essential they don’t get this decision wrong. The next two transfer windows are absolutely vital for the club, and they cannot afford to have the wrong man in charge.