Wolves ‘make QPR boss Michael Beale their No 1 target’ to replace Bruno Lage

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Wolves make QPR boss Michael Beale their number 1 target for Bruno Lage…

  • QPR boss Michael Beale is reportedly Wolves’ number 1 target to become their next boss
  • Beale impressed this season, leading Queens Park Rangers to sixth place
  • Beale is believed to have an escape clause in his contract after joining in June

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Wolves have identified Queens Park Rangers manager Michael Beale as their number 1 target to become their next boss.

The struggling Premier League side sacked Bruno Lage at the start of the month and after the defeat to Crystal Palace on Tuesday night, it is clear that efforts to supply Beale as Molineux’s next head coach are accelerating.

It is said that there has been no contact between Wolves and QPR so far, but the Championship side, who are currently sixth in the table, are expected to fight to keep their manager amid talks over a release clause.

QPR manager Michael Beale is thriving at the club appointed in the summer

QPR manager Michael Beale is thriving at the club appointed in the summer

Bruno Lage was knocked out by Wolves earlier this month because they are struggling in the Premier League

Bruno Lage was knocked out by Wolves earlier this month because they are struggling in the Premier League

Bruno Lage was knocked out by Wolves earlier this month because they are struggling in the Premier League

Beale’s stock has risen this season, leading QPR to a quick start in the championship.

QPR will face Cardiff City tonight and QPR fans will be frustrated at the timing of reports that Wolves are reportedly ready to move for their manager.

Beale is seen as ‘an exciting, forward-thinking appointment’ who would be a distraction from their recent hires.

Beale, 42, took the QPR job in June but has already attracted the attention of Premier League clubs.

He has worked on his coaching at Chelsea and Liverpool academies before becoming assistant manager at Brazil’s Sao Paulo in 2017.

The hierarchy of the wolves has reportedly decided to consider Beale as their primary target of Lage.  to replace

The hierarchy of the wolves has reportedly decided to consider Beale as their primary target of Lage.  to replace

The hierarchy of the wolves has reportedly decided to consider Beale as their primary target of Lage. to replace

The QPR boss worked closely with Steven Gerrard during their time together at the Liverpool academy.

That relationship saw Beale hook up with Gerrard at Rangers and then Aston Villa, before leaving in the summer to pursue his ambitions as number 1 rather than number 2.

Asked about rumors linking him to the Wolves post, Beale was dismissive last week.

‘I am surprised by the amount of noise and try not to look too much. But even family and friends and people who know you are starting to ask,” he said.

‘On Monday I had a very honest personal conversation with Les Ferdinand. The club has had no contact, nor have I had any direct contact.

“It’s my first job at QPR and I couldn’t be happier with the way things are going with the owners, staff and players. And I am also in a great place in my personal life with my family. The noise from outside is not that important and the only thing I can conclude from it is that as a club we have to do quite well.’

Beale was previously Steven Gerrard’s assistant at both Rangers and Aston Villa

Wolves’ caretaker Steve Davis dismissed the fact that management’s uncertainty affected Tuesday’s 2-1 defeat at Crystal Palace, their 10th consecutive game without a win away from home in the competition.

‘I think the mood is good. I wouldn’t recommend that inside the camp. The spirit is high. They were disappointed (at Palace) because they felt we should have gotten something out of the game,” he said.

“They do everything we want them to do, they are fully committed. Hopefully they show that dedication to whoever the new guy is. They are in a good place. Despite the result, they are in a good place, believe it or not.

“They have a very, very good mood on the training pitch. Everyone works hard for each other. We are working hard to get out of the situation we are in now.”