Ally McCoist admits he’s ‘bit surprised’ that ‘six out of 10’ Michael Beale is the new Rangers boss… with the Ibrox legend believing the club should have gone for a more experienced manager
- Beale was unveiled as Rangers manager on Monday after leaving QPR
- He was assistant to Steven Gerrard at Rangers, then joined him at Aston Villa
- The Englishman has only been in charge of 21 matches as a manager at QPR
Ally McCoist has awarded a lukewarm rating of six out of ten to Michael Beale’s appointment as Rangers manager.
QPR boss Beale has been named as Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s successor.
But the Englishman has only been in charge of 21 matches as a manager in his own right, which led McCoist to previously question if the opportunity at Ibrox had come too soon in his career.
Michael Beale was unveiled as the new Rangers manager on Monday after leaving QPR
Ally McCoist has awarded a lukewarm rating of six out of ten to Beale’s appointment
Beale, 42, was assistant to Steven Gerrard at Rangers, then joined him at Aston Villa before striking out on his own at QPR in the summer.
McCoist believes Beale’s relationship with the current Ibrox players is the reason the board made him their first-choice candidate, though he remains surprised his old club did not target someone with more experience.
Asked how he would rate the appointment, McCoist said: ‘It’s not going to be a ten and it’s not going to be a one. It’s somewhere in between — probably a six, to tell you the truth. Is a six okay?
‘I 100-per-cent give him my total support because, whoever takes the job, you want them to do well. But I’m a little bit surprised.
Beale, 42, was assistant to Steven Gerrard at Rangers, then joined him at Aston Villa
‘I’m very aware Michael Beale knows the club and did very well with the players beforehand, and the players seem very comfortable with him, which is probably the main reason he’s getting the job.
‘Flip side of the coin, I’m surprised because they’ve gone for someone with a lack of experience in terms of management.
‘He started very well at QPR but they have lost four of their last five. He’s not getting it on current form. He’s getting it on what he’s done previously under Steven Gerrard.
‘It’s definitely a surprise because I genuinely thought they might have gone for someone with more experience. But it’s obviously a gamble the board feel is worth taking and time will tell.’
The Englishman has only been in charge of 21 matches as a manager at QPR
McCoist believes the biggest job facing Beale is to get his signings right.
‘The recruitment has been poor, make no mistake,’ he said.
‘To be fair to Giovanni van Bronckhorst, he won the Scottish Cup and was a penalty kick away from the Europa League but, this season, he’s lost real quality in Calvin Bassey and Joe Aribo. The decision to let Leon Balogun go completely baffles me and you lose Nathan Patterson.
‘You lose good players but also a big part of your team physically. And then the lads they’ve brought in, we haven’t seen enough (of them), whether it’s (Ben) Davies, (Ridvan) Yilmaz — and you’re spending a lot of money on these guys.
‘The one they’ve missed is Tom Lawrence (through injury). Antonio Colak has done well in terms of goal return but, defensively, we went into a Champions League game playing an 18-year-old kid (Leon King) and an American midfielder on loan (James Sands). That can’t happen at any level — and certainly not in the Champions League.’
Former boss Giovanni van Bronckhorst was sacked by Rangers last week, creating the vacancy
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