Cardiff City are on the lookout for a new boss after they made the decision to sack Mick McCarthy.
In truth, the dismissal of the former Wolves chief was no surprised, as defeat against Middlesbrough made it eight successive losses for the club.
With the team just one place above the relegation zone, the hierarchy will want to make a swift decision and it has been suggested that Michael Beale is an option.
He is currently assistant to Steven Gerrard at Rangers, but the chance to be the main man in Wales may appeal. Some will rightly point to his lack of experience as a major reason why Beale shouldn’t get the role, however we outline THREE reasons why turning to the 41-year-old could work…
He has a point to prove
Even though he is working at a huge club right now, this would be a massive opportunity for Beale and he would be desperate to prove himself as a manager.
In the past, Cardiff have gone for supposedly safer appointments, and it hasn’t worked. In this instance, they would be getting someone who is determined to succeed and will put everything into it.
Can you name the Cardiff City player who has been carded the most in each of the last 16 seasons?
He is a respected coach
There are so many people, including Gerrard, who talk about what a fantastic coach Beale is.
He is known for being an astute tactician and his work has been instrumental into turning Rangers into Scottish champions and ensuring they have competed very well in Europe on the whole.
His knowledge of the game should ensure he commands respect from the players instantly, even if he doesn’t have the name of other candidates.
He has shown he can improve players
Finally, Cardiff aren’t going to be in a position where they can hand the new boss a major budget to turn things around.
So, it’s about developing players and giving the academy lads a chance. Beale has a background in youth football which helps significantly in that regard, whilst the improvement in many of the current squad at Ibrox after Gerrard’s appointment is clear to see.
The lack of financial backing wouldn’t put Beale off and he could potentially thrive if given the chance to work with this group.