This article is part of Football League World’s ‘The Verdict’ series, which provides personal opinions from the FLW writers regarding the latest breaking news, teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…
Rangers coach Michael Beale is in the frame for the vacant Cardiff City manager role according to WalesOnline.
Beale has gained experience at Chelsea and Liverpool in the past and enters the field as one of the least experienced candidates for the job. Brian Barry-Murphy and Rob Page have been linked with the vacancy this week and Beale joins them as what would be another left field appointment.
Beale would represent a huge change in approach with the last three managers being Neil Warnock, Neil Harris and Mick McCarthy and with the club precariously placed just two points above the Championship relegation zone he would walk into a very high pressure environment.
Chris Wilder remains the bookmakers’ favourite at the time of writing but the rumblings seem to suggest that a change in direction may be on the cards at the Cardiff City Stadium.
Here, we gathered the thoughts of a selection of FLW writers to see whether they think Michael Beale would be a good appointment for the Bluebirds…
Although Michael Beale has played a major role in Rangers’ resurgence in recent seasons, Cardiff must steer clear of this potential appointment.
In order to avoid the possibility of being dragged into a relegation dog-fight this season, it could be argued that the Bluebirds ought to be looking into the possibility of drafting in an individual who possesses a great deal of managerial experience.
When you consider that Beale has yet to experience life as a manager at senior level, there is no guarantee that he will go on to thrive in the Welsh capital.
Therefore, instead of taking a risk on the 41-year-old, Cardiff should switch their attention to someone who has an excellent track-record of delivering the goods in the Football League.
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There is no doubt that Michael Beale is a good coach and at some point, he will definitely make the step up to management. He knows his stuff and looks like he could be an astute appointment for whoever gives him his first crack in the head role.
However, whether Cardiff should be that team is another matter. Gambles can pay off but do the Bluebirds really want to gamble after Mick McCarthy’s tenure? Would they not rather have a proven managerial candidate take the reins to lead them back up the table and away from relegation?
If Cardiff were in a better position, then sure, Beale could prove to be a shrewd addition. For the situation that is currently unfolding though, I feel as though the Bluebirds would be better served picking a manager that not only has the potential to do great things but can get them out of their current rut.
It certainly seems like Cardiff City are willing to at least consider appointing a young-up-and-coming manager to replace Mick McCarthy and potentially change the direction of the club and style of play that the Bluebirds operate with.
Michael Beale is a coach that has a strong CV and he has done a lot of quality work during his time with Rangers, so there is certainly a case that could be made for him being potentially ready to make the step up to being a number one.
However, Cardiff would be a huge challenge for Beale to take on for the Bluebirds considering that they have lost their last eight matches and are going to need to operate on a restricted budget considering their current financial issues.
Therefore, it would be a major gamble to bring in someone like Beale at this stage, but a fresh approach under a progressive coach might be able to help the Bluebirds recover their form and take them in a more positive direction.