Rangers have been told not to block any approach from Cardiff City for their coach Michael Beale.
Former Premier League goalkeeper Paddy Kenny was discussing the 41-year-old coach’s future with Football Insider.
BBC Sport reported last month that Beale was on Cardiff’s shortlist of potential replacements for the sacked Mick McCarthy.
Formerly an under-23 coach at Liverpool, he took up an assistant role at Ibrox when Steven Gerrard was appointed as manager in 2018. He was part of the coaching setup which steered Rangers to an unbeaten 2020/21 season and ended Celtic’s run of nine consecutive Premiership titles.
Gerrard admitted earlier this year that it would take him ’15/20 years’ to become as good an ‘on-pitch coach’ as the ‘expert’ Beale, while Kyle Lafferty has claimed that the 41-year-old is ‘the brains’ behind Rangers’ success and described him as ‘amazing’ from a tactical point of view.
Kenny has said that Rangers will be ‘desperate’ to retain Beale’s services, knowing that losing him would be a significant blow to their domestic and continental prospects, but he urged the club ‘to do the right thing’ if the opportunity to take over at the Bluebirds arises.
The Irish former goalkeeper told Football Insider: “The last thing they need is for him to leave. I’m sure they’ll be desperate to keep him.
“But if he’s got a chance to become a manager, can you stand in his way? I think you’ve got to do the right thing.”
When you read the glowing appraisals of Beale, it’s surprising that he hasn’t had a crack at senior management already, so Rangers might well have been bracing themselves for this scenario.
Fans may be worried, particularly in light of Lafferty’s comments, but they can take solace from the experiences of Gerrard’s former club. Zeljko Buvac, labelled ‘The Brain’ in Jurgen Klopp’s setup, left Liverpool in 2018, but the Reds went on to win the Champions League and Premier League over the next two seasons.
As Kenny has said, it would be tough for the Gers to lose Beale, but it could also be hard to deny him his first senior managerial role if he is intent on taking the reins at Cardiff.
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