Rangers first team coach Michael Beale has told the Daily Mail that he had offers this summer to become a manager, and was left surprised when Steven Gerrard wanted him.
The Gers made a big move when they appointed Liverpool legend Gerrard as their new manager over the summer, and he looked to his former club for his backroom staff.
Ex-Liverpool player and coach Gary McAllister came in as Gerrard's assistant, whilst Beale, Tom Culshaw and Jordan Milsom all left Liverpool for Rangers, becoming first team coach, technical coach and head of performance.
One of the biggest coups was Beale, who has been a highly regarded coach for some time now, and reunited with Gerrard having worked together at Anfield.
Beale was originally at Chelsea alongside Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers before heading to Liverpool, where he was the manager of their Under-23 side, and he then moved on to Brazilian side Sao Paulo in 2016.
Beale went back to Liverpool in 2017, serving as their head of coaching for their foundation phase, before heading off to Rangers this summer to aid Gerrard's job at Ibrox.
Now, Beale has told the Daily Mail that he was 'surprised' that Gerrard wanted him, as they have never really worked closely together before, but quickly realised he couldn't turn down the move.
Beale added that when he returned to England from Brazil last year, he snubbed big offers to become a manager, meaning Rangers may have to be wary of similar major interest in his services in the coming years.
“I was surprised Steven asked me to come to Rangers,” said Beale. “Not for any reason other than that we hadn't worked closely together before. People assume we must have this long history together but we don't. When he spoke to me about his ambitions and vision, it was clear we have a lot of common beliefs. I said I was going to go away for the weekend and speak to the family but I never actually got as far as speaking to my wife.”
“I was probably heading that way when I went to Brazil and I had a couple of offers when I came back. But at this moment in time, I am extremely happy. I'm very lucky to have a manager who allows me to be creative and my family will be moving up soon,” he added.
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