QPR Appoint Michael Beale As New Men’s Head Coach

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QPR have appointed Michael Beale as the new Head Coach of their men’s first-team on a three-year contract until June 2025.

Following time as a Youth Coach at Liverpool between 2012-18 at Under-16 and 23 levels plus a brief stint as an assistant manager at Brazil’s Sao Paulo, Beale has spent the last four years serving as Steven Gerrard’s assistant manager at Rangers then Aston Villa.

This role consequently marks the first time that Beale is stepping up to senior manager level as Head Coach, with the 41 year-old replacing Mark Warburton who was released at the end of 2021-22 season.

Speaking to www.qpr.co.uk, Beale described his new role as a “fantastic” opportunity, having patiently waited for a managerial role at a team that he viewed as “the right club, the right people, the right ambition and the right support.”

Having been born in Bromley, South-East London, Beale iterated that he is aware of QPR’s standing within London football as he commented: “I’m a London boy and know everything this club stands for. This is a wonderful opportunity for me and a really good time for the club as well.”

Beale proceeded to pay tribute to Warburton for his work in strengthening the club across the last three seasons and leaving strong foundations as he continued: “I’ve been left a solid platform by Mark Warburton, which I’m obviously pleased about, and that enables me to kick on from hereon in.

“I want us to be a front foot and high-intensity team, in and out of possession. I want Loftus Road to be a real cauldron for us – I’ve been to games here and I know just how much the fans can impact the team on the pitch.”

On what he expects from his squad next season, Beale added: “We’ve got a young, hungry team and everyone has their best days in front of them. I’m absolutely excited about working with the players that we already have here.

“The players played in an attractive style last season and now I’m looking to add my stamp to that, so that we can kick on even further.”

QPR Chairman, Amit Bhatia added that he feels that he has conducted “the most comprehensive search” for a manager that he can remember throughout his time at QPR, having previously served as vice-chairman before stepping up to his current position in August 2018.

Explaining how the club decided to appoint Beale, Bhatia said: “A lot of work went into the process – there were interviews with a number of impressive candidates. We wanted to give the process the consideration it deserves.

“That’s what we’ve done and we’re thrilled with the outcome in appointing Michael. He was the unanimous first choice of the board, taking into consideration a number of different metrics, and we’re thrilled to have landed our man.

“His pedigree is clear and all of the feedback we received on Michael was incredibly encouraging. We’re all really excited about the period ahead of us now.”

QPR CEO, Lee Hoos added that Bhatia had conducted “a meticulous process” and is “excited” to welcome Beale as the new Head Coach of their men’s first-team.

Hoos proceeded to add further clarification on the managerial search as he explained: “A lot of credit must go to our recruitment department who did a fantastic job in amassing a lot of data so that we could identify candidates who could really take this club forward.

“There were a number of different considerations – how individuals work with younger age groups, how they set up and how they play – playing style was a big factor for us.

“The DNA of the club is now firmly in place, which we’re grateful to Mark Warburton for helping to establish. Now it’s about building on that and Michael fits in very well in that respect.”

QPR will announce further details of Beale’s coaching team in due course.

The Hoops head into 2022-23 Sky Bet Championship season looking to build upon their 10th placed finish in the most recent campaign, with Beale set to learn of the club’s fixtures for the new season on Thursday 23 June 2022.

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