Danny Mills says Michael Beale couldn’t turn down the opportunity to manage Cardiff City if it presented itself.
The former Manchester City and Leeds United man was discussing the Rangers coach’s future with Football Insider.
BBC Sport reported last week that Beale had emerged as a candidate for Cardiff, who are looking to appoint a replacement for Mick McCarthy.
And as of Monday, Beale remains firmly ‘on the radar’ of the Bluebirds, even if ‘there is feeling in some corners of the hierarchy’ that he would be a risky appointment (via Wales Online). Indeed, he’s yet to have a shot at first-team management.
The former Liverpool Under-23 boss followed Steven Gerrard to Scotland in 2018, and his tactical aptitude has been described as ‘amazing’ by former Rangers man Kyle Lafferty, who feels he’s ‘the brains’ behind their success.
Via FI, Mills, 44, is impressed by Beale’s track record and thinks appointing him could be worth the risk.
He’s urged the 41-year-old to jump at the chance if it materialises, and also suggested that he could return to Ibrox if he struggled.
“If I was Cardiff I’d be thinking ‘He’s done well at every club he’s been at, he’s obviously a very, very good coach. Yes, let’s give it a go’.
“If he got offered that chance, it would be difficult to say no and not take that opportunity.
“If it goes wrong he can always go back to Rangers as a coach.
“If you don’t try, you probably regret not trying and giving it a go.”
Having played a part in Rangers’ unbeaten run to the Scottish title, Beale might now back himself to take the reins elsewhere.
But it might not be as straightforward a decision as Mills makes out given the precariousness of Cardiff’s position.
They currently find themselves 21st in the Championship with the second-poorest defensive record in the division – it would take quite a turnaround to transform them towards safety.
Would a manager without any experience really want to walk straight into a potential relegation battle?
In other news, Paddy Kenny sent this message to the Gers over the Beale links.
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