An image of Beale in conversation with his squad on the training pitch was shared by the official QPR Twitter account and was captioned “Back to work.”
The photo seemed to indicate that 42-year-old was leading training with QPR on Thursday 24 November, when in fact the photo was taken on Wednesday 23 November, with the Glasgow Evening Times sharing the hidden truth.
It said on their website: “QPR returned to the training field today (Wednesday) following a brief break owing to the unprecedented pause in the footballing schedule.
“As this years World Cup kicks off, this meant that the Sky Bet Championship schedule has been paused, with Rangers’ next clash coming on the 11th December against Burnley.
“This gave Mick Beale’s side an opportunity for a brief break, but the Super Hoops are now back on the training field.”
This has come after reports stated Rangers were ready to formally approach the London club with an offer for their manager. [Sky Sports]
Speculation has now mounted that Beale could in fact be in conversation with representatives from the Rangers board about the vacant managerial position.
It only seems a matter of time before Beale is formally announced as Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s successor in the Ibrox dugout, and posts such as this highlight QPR could be beginning to panic about losing their most lucrative asset.
The Glasgow Evening Times shared further that both Ross Wilson and Stewart Robertson are in London as their search continues, making talks easy logistically if they were to happen.
Beale has previous experience with the Gers, when he was assistant manager under Steven Gerrard in their hugely successful reign at the Scottish club, but making him permanent boss is still a huge gamble.
Although the English manager has done the rounds on a coaching level – becoming the brains behind Gerrard’s stints at Rangers and Aston Villa – the 42-year-old has still only managed 21 games of competitive football.
The pressure on Beale will be huge, but his prior relationship with the fanbase will bide him some time if things were to go sour.
Although QPR managed to stave off Wolves from nicking their manager, the lure and pulling power of Rangers will surely prove too much for their up-and-coming manager.