Michael Beale hopes to use his experience working alongside Steven Gerrard to help him succeed at Queens Park Rangers.
The 41-year-old was named QPR head coach earlier this month as he moves up from number two to number one.
Beale’s coaching experience is second to none, starting as a futsal coach in south London, before being offered a job at Chelsea’s academy.
He then moved to Liverpool where he coached the club’s Under-16s and Under-23s, meeting Steven Gerrard in the process.
As well as a brief stint in Brazil with Sao Paulo, Beale was Gerrard’s assistant with Liverpool Under-23s, Rangers and most recently at Aston Villa, but while it was a difficult decision to fly the nest, Beale insists it’s ready.
He told White and Jordan: “It was extremely difficult to leave Steven because we had a very strong partnership, with the rest of the staff.
“There have been quite a few opportunities over the past 18 months and I felt this was the one.
“I felt the team, when I looked at it, was the one I wanted to come and work with and that was key.
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“There are players I was really excited to come to work with every day and I can see a bit of my ideas already in the team. It makes it easier.
“I wanted to be a head coach. It’s something I’m working towards and I’ve been honest with all of my employers over the past few years, so there’s been no shock about it.
“The time is never ideal for the club you leave, but for me it was the right time.”
Asked if he would use his links with Rangers and Aston Villa to sign young players on loan, Beale replied: “Of course. Liverpool, Chelsea too.
“I will leverage all of these connections over time, but it is important that we build a team that is there for QPR and provides sustainability in terms of the market.
“The last player to leave for big money was Ebere Eze and we are a club that wants to develop players to give them the opportunity to play in the Premier League.
“Ideally it’s with QPR, but at the same time if they’re doing well with us, we want the boys to go too.
“There will be a bit in terms of the loan market, but with my experience and the number of players I know and have worked with, I will look to use the open market and look for hidden gems as well.
“We did that very well at Rangers.”
Gerrard is considered one of the greatest players of the Premier League era and, after showing his quality as manager of Rangers and Aston Villa, Beale revealed he hopes to put some of the things into practice. that he learned. the path.
Asked what the biggest takeaway will be, Beale replied, “Standards, really. It rubs off on you.
“Some people think they have very high standards and for others it’s just normal.
“Steven and Gary [McAllister] behave so well in terms of general standards that they demand of people on a daily basis and what they demand of themselves.
“Steven is an excellent communicator and knows how to delegate very well to his staff and surround himself with good people.
“These will be solid lessons for me to follow in my management journey now.”
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