‘My loyalty is to that friendship’: In-demand QPR boss Michael Beale insists there is ‘NO CHANCE’ of him succeeding close friend Steven Gerrard at Aston Villa… just days after he turned down the chance to become Wolves manager
- QPR boss Michael Beale says there’s no chance of him taking the Aston Villa job
- Beale’s loyalty lies with Steven Gerrard who was sacked by the club last week
- The Rangers manager turned down an approach from Wolves to stay at QPR
- Beale questions the model of Aston Villa and hints at current despair at the club
Queens Park Rangers manager Michael Beale has categorically ruled out a return to Aston Villa, stating there’s ‘no chance’ of him taking the job down to his loyalty to Steven Gerrard.
Gerrard was given the boot this week following the 3-0 loss to Fulham, before his backroom team of Gary McAllister, Neil Critchley, Tom Culshaw, Jordan Milsom and Scott Mason all followed him out of the club.
Beale was assistant to the former England midfielder at Villa Park last season, before taking on his first managerial role at Loftus Road in the summer, where he has led QPR to the top of the Championship table.
Michael Beale has ruled out any links with him taking the current Aston Villa managers job
Beale worked as Steven Gerrard’s number two at both Aston Villa and Rangers before leaving for QPR in the summer
His impressive start to life in west London saw Beale as a candidate for the Wolves vacancy last week, but he turned down any approach from the Premier League side to continue his work at QPR.
Beale has now been linked with the Aston Villa post, alongside names such as Thomas Tuchel and Mauricio Pottechino, but the 42-year-old has again ruled out leaving Rangers, citing his loyalty to close friend Gerrard.
He told talkSPORT: ‘No chance. They’re a great club with great history and good people behind the scenes.
Steven Gerrard was sacked as manager last week following Aston Villa’s 3-0 defeat to Fulham
‘They’ve had two outstanding managers in the last two years and for whatever reason it hasn’t worked out so I think they may have to look at the way the club is run or the model – is the recruitment all in line?
‘There’s a lot of good people behind the scenes that have got a lot of despair at the moment.
‘I feel for the fans because it’s a wonderful football club, but no, I gave my commitment here the other day and there’s certainly no interest on my part with Aston Villa.
QPR are currently top of the Championship and enjoyed a 2-1 win over Wigan on Saturday
‘A few of my friends have obviously lost their job in the last few days and obviously my loyalty is to that friendship.’
QPR continue to lead the way in the Championship, after a 2-1 victory over Wigan on Saturday thanks to goals from Sam Field and Leon Balogun.
Aston Villa are in action on Sunday when they host Brentford at Villa Park, with first-team coach Aaron Danks in temporary charge of the first team.
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