Blackburn Rovers and QPR strike blow at leadership contenders

Aston Villa assistant head coach Michael Beale has no interest in leaving Villa Park anytime soon, despite being linked with managerial positions at Championship sides Blackburn Rovers and Queens Park Rangers.

The 41-year-old has been a key asset for current Villa boss Steven Gerrard since their time together at Liverpool, who then joined Rangers together and won the Scottish Premiership title before returning to England when they settled in the East settled in the Midlands.

Although they failed to reach the heights they would have wished for in the West Midlands last season, Gerrard and Beale were able to keep the top side safe after a poor start under Dean Smith.

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And they could lead the Villains to a better finish next season as the club are likely to be active in the transfer market, already recruiting Philippe Coutinho, Diego Carlos and Boubacar Kamara on permanent deals this summer before the window opens next month.

Before that, however, a wrench seemed to have been put into the job as Beale has been linked with a move to Blackburn and QPR, both of whom parted ways with their manager at the end of the 2021/22 campaign.

The chance of being number one might be enticing for someone like Beale, who might want to take on a head coaching role in the future – but it’s believed he’s not currently interested in the vacancies at Ewood Park and Loftus Road – wants loud to stay a report from Birmingham Live.

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That loyalty is impressive as he will certainly have ambitions to be the captain at some point in the future after getting a taste of a senior role at Villa as Gerrard’s right-hand man.

The 41-year-old, who could potentially fill in for Gerrard when needed, will continue to gain the experience needed to be head coach elsewhere and considering he’s such a vital asset to the Liverpool legend it only goes to show how good he might be elsewhere in the future.

However, they cannot blame him for staying at Villa Park if the management team continues to receive support in the transfer market – because it could allow them to turn the Midlands side from a midfield team into one that competes for Europe.

The permanent signing of players like Coutinho will help in that quest – but there is still a long way to go this summer to transform their side and Beale’s presence and advice could be crucial in making this upcoming window a success.

It could, however, come as a blow to Blackburn and the Rs – as he looks like one of the better candidates among the names they’ve both been linked with, despite his inexperience. He’s certainly a trainer to watch in the future – as more side job links could emerge.

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