Fabrizio Romano drops major new Rangers ‘reveal’ as news finally breaks

Transfer guru Fabrizio Romano has revealed that Rangers showed an interest in appointing Alanyaspor manager Francesco Farioli before appointing Michael Beale as their head coach.

The Gers will return to Scottish Premiership action on 15 December 2022 against Hibernian in Beale’s first competitive fixture as head coach.

Nevertheless, Romano confessed on the Here We Go podcast that Rangers had “conversations” with Farioli about becoming their new head coach.


“I wanted to reveal something on Francesco Farioli, who is an Italian manager – really young manager, but really talented,” said Romano on the Here We Go podcast.

“Many clubs approached him in the last few months and years in Italy, in Spain, and now also in Scotland.

“Rangers, before appointing Michael Beale, they had conversations with Francesco Farioli. He was in the list at Rangers, he was the second option.”


Different route.

This is actually a bit of a bombshell reveal from Romano, Farioli presents a completely different kind of package to the one Beale brings to Ibrox.

He only has around 18 months of experience as a top-flight manager but is considered to be a savvy tactician who could make it to the top.

Rangers may well have been his breakthrough role and if conversations were had then the Gers hierarchy definitely saw something promising in the young gaffer.

Although, appointing the Italian over Beale would have been a massive risk, especially when you consider the dire straights Giovanni van Bronckhorst left the club in.

The 33-year-old would have been under intense scrutiny and pressure from the go, not something every young manager can deal with successfully.

In a time where Rangers need calm and stability the appointment of Beale seems like the correct decision here, with luck, it can pay off massively.

In other Rangers news, a former Ibrox chief has slammed the current board for their decision to hire Beale.

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Jamie Carragher reacts to ‘huge’ Rangers news live on Sky Sports

Jamie Carragher has shared his verdict on Rangers’ decision to appoint Michael Beale as their new head coach following the sacking of Giovanni van Bronckhorst.

Beale is the appointment a majority of fans had at the top of their wishlist and returns to Ibrox after a stint as Steven Gerrard’s number two.

Carragher confessed that the Ibrox top job is a “huge jump” for Beale after the Englishman left Championship side Queens Park Rangers for the role.


“It was obvious at some stage he was going to take that step from QPR,” Carragher told Sky Sports as quoted by the Glasgow Times.

“A great start at QPR, a big jump to Rangers – a huge club.

“But he has tasted that before. I’m sure he is well aware of how big it is.”



Beale needs time to settle and get a grasp of the job at hand before any early assumptions are made over his capabilities to guide Rangers to better days.

The fans ultimately wanted van Bronckhorst to leave the club and they got their wish, now they must fully support Beale and the decisions he makes.

It won’t be easy, but at least the Englishman doesn’t have tricky European fixtures to worry about, for now, and can fully concentrate on domestic matters for the Gers.

Backing in the January transfer window is essential to anything Beale will do moving forward, a massive squad overhaul is needed to rid Rangers of deadwood.

Too many players aren’t living and breathing for the Light Blue shirt this season and Beale won’t be taking any prisoners when it comes to passion and desire.

All in all, it’s a positive move from Rangers, there aren’t many better-equipped managers to succeed at Ibrox right now, touch wood, and Beale will bring brighter days back to Glasgow.

In other Rangers news, a former Ibrox chief has slammed the current board for their decision to hire Beale.

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Finance Guru: ‘Angst’ at Ibrox as £5m+ disappears from Rangers bank accounts

Football finance expert Kieran Maguire has suggested there is “angst” at Ibrox after Rangers forked out over £5million in the past ten days.

Rangers confirmed the appointment of Michael Beale from QPR, with the board having to pay £1.5milion to the Championship club in compensation (The Scotsman, 28 November).

Furthermore, The 4th Official revealed (Patreon, 12 November) Rangers would need to pay £4.6million to sack Giovanni van Bronckhorst. Maguire has since suggested these recent outlays have led to a feeling of discontent at Ibrox.


“They have also been forced to pay the manager [Giovanni van Bronckhorst] a payoff. They did get around £2.5million from Steven Gerrard going to Aston Villa and recruiting Michael Beale would’ve cost them in compensation,” said Maguire (Price of Football Podcast, 15:10, 1 December).

“Finishing second is finishing nowhere and they’ve drifted a wee bit behind Celtic as far as the table is concerned, so there’s a bit of angst at Ibrox.”


It’s certainly a time of change at Ibrox, with Beale taking the reins after van Bronckhorst’s sacking. Despite there being a more positive feeling around the club at the moment until Rangers challenge Celtic again domestically, there will still be “angst” among supporters, players and the board.

This was £5million the club simply had to spend, with the Dutchman’s time at the club needing to come to an end. If he had been in charge when the Scottish Premiership restarted, there would’ve been little to no hope of Rangers getting anything out of this season.


Catching Celtic still looks unlikely, but there can certainly be more hope for the future with Beale a progressive appointment by the club. He’s in the early stages of his managerial career but has worked for some of the biggest clubs in Europe and will be aware of the demands required at Ibrox.

The 42-year-old will be desperate to get off to a positive start when his side take on Hibernian in their first game back after the World Cup break.

In other Rangers news, Michael Stewart slammed Beale for an “unsavoury” incident at Ibrox.

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