The sacking of Giovanni Van Bronckhorst from Rangers has jeopardized Mick Beale’s position as manager of Queens Park Rangers.
Beale showed strong loyalty only a few months ago when he rejected a move to Premier League side Wolverhampton Wanderers, to stay focused on getting the West Londoners back into the top flight.
However, given the size of the Gers as a club and his pre-existing connections there, having been Steven Gerrard’s assistant at Glasgow, Beale’s head could turn where it hasn’t for the wolves.
It was quite a controversial decision to get rid of Mark Warburton after an impressive campaign with QPR last season.
The Rs were competing in and around the automatic promotion picture for much of the season until they came out of the play-offs and headed into mid-table at the end.
The pursuit of new ideas has come in the form of the bold appointment of Beale, and it’s likely that Les Ferdinand and the club’s other decision makers will seek to emulate Beale’s hire style if they need to replace him after a short but successful. reign.
Chelsea and Belgium first-team coach Anthony Barry fits that bill.
There could be complications to land the 36-year-old in the coming weeks due to his World Cup commitments with the Belgium national team.
Which in turn could see the Rs losing ground to the second-tier clubs around them, due to a preparation disadvantage before the Championship resumes.
However, Barry would be Beale’s best long-term replacement, given his coaching experience and Loftus Road’s squad composition.
Being an attractive loan destination for the Premier League’s big six clubs is a sustainable way to gain an advantage over other sides in your EFL division, and that attractiveness can be increased by the manager in dugout.
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Barry can arguably have better contacts than Beale towards the top tier of the Premier League, and that would put QPR in good stead in the long run, should promotion not be secured this season.
There are just four players in QPR’s squad over the age of 27, having worked very hard to improve their recruitment strategies over recent seasons, and bringing in someone with a good track record of improvement. players on the training ground would only increase the R. chances of returning to the top flight.
The potential is already in place in the squad to move on to promotion, and Barry could be the manager to unlock it in the second half of the season, should Beale move on.