Michael Beale is hoping to use his experience of working alongside Steven Gerrard to help him succeed at Queens Park Rangers.
The 41-year-old was named as QPR head coach earlier this month as he makes the move from number two to number one.
Beale’s experience in coaching is second to none, starting as a futsal coach in south London, before being offered a role with Chelsea’s academy.
He then moved to Liverpool where he coached the club’s Under-16s and Under-23s, meeting Steven Gerrard in the process.
As well as a brief spell in Brazil with Sao Paulo, Beale has been Gerrard’s assistant with Liverpool’s under-23s, Rangers and more recently at Aston Villa, but while it was a tough decision to fly the nest, Beale insists that he is ready.
He told White and Jordan: “It was extremely difficult to leave Steven because we had a really strong partnership, along with the rest of the staff.
“There’s been quite a few opportunities in the last 18 months and I felt that this one was right.
“I felt that the squad, when I looked at it, was one that I wanted to come and work with and that was key.
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“There’s some players that I was really excited to come in every day to work with and I can see a little bit of my ideas already in the team. That makes things easier.
“I wanted to be a head coach. It’s something that I’ve been working towards and I’ve been honest with all of my employers in the last few years so there was no shocks about that.
“The timing is never great for the club you’re leaving, but for me it felt like the right moment.”
Asked if he’ll use his links with Rangers and Aston Villa to sign young players on loan, Beale said: “Of course. Liverpool, Chelsea as well.
“I’ll be pulling in all of those connections over time, but it’s important that we build a team that’s here for QPR and provides sustainability in terms of the market.
“The last player to leave for a big fee was Ebere Eze and we are a club that wants to develop players to give them an opportunity to play in the Premier League.
“Ideally that’s with QPR, but at the same time if they do well with us we want the boys to go there as well.
“There will be a little bit in terms of the loan market, but with my background and the amount of players that I know and have worked with, I’ll be looking to use the free market and also look for some hidden gems.
“We did that ever so well at Rangers.”
Gerrard is regarded as one of the greatest players of the Premier League era and, after showing his quality as a manager of Rangers and Aston Villa, Beale revealed that he will be hoping that he can put into practice some of the things that he learned along the way.
Asked what the biggest takeaway will be, Beale said: “Standards, really. It rubs off on you.
“Some people think that they’ve got really high standards and for other people that’s just normal.
“Steven and Gary [McAllister] carry themselves so well in terms of the general standards that they demand off people on a daily basis and what they demand from themselves.
“Steven’s an excellent communicator and he’s very good at delegating to his staff and getting good people around him.
“They’ll be strong lessons for me to take on my management journey now.”
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