New QPR boss Michael Beale held his first training session in the church hall
Bright and ambitious, Beale has worked for Chelsea, Liverpool, Rangers and Aston Villa across all age groups, from Under-9s to the first team – and he’s even expanded his horizons in Brazil.
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New Queens Park Rangers boss Michael Beale started his coaching career in a room with a bench – and only three kids showed up.
Hiring his local church hall in Bromley for £32 an hour, with the chairs all pushed aside to make an indoor futsal arena, Beale had to absorb a substantial loss when there weren’t enough takers at £4 per hour. head to make even a five-a side team.
But Beale, whose sessions quickly gained traction and caught Chelsea’s attention, went on to work with Jose Mourinho, Carlo Ancelotti and Jurgen Klopp before QPR persuaded Aston Villa to release manager’s much-loved assistant Steven Gerrard. earlier this month. Today, one of the most enlightened local coaches, who even worked for a season with Sao Paulo in Brazil – because he wanted to test himself abroad and learn a new language – is ready for the mud and the championship nettles at Loftus Road.
Beale, 41, said: “Yes, I started coaching in a parish hall – I was always intrigued by futsal and how to teach skills in the Brazilian football school. But only three children showed up for the first session, so I was immediately at a huge deficit.
“In 2002 it was £32 an hour to hire the room and £4 per child, so it wasn’t the best business plan at first, but luckily it went from there. This led to me being offered a job at Chelsea within six months as Damian Matthew, who joins the management team here as one of my assistants, gave me my first job there.
“Within a year I was working with the Under-9s, Under-10s and spent 10 years there in total until the Under-14s. I went to Liverpool in 2012 to manage the Under-15s years and in two months I also became deputy manager of the reserve team.
After four years at Anfield, under Jurgen Klopp’s coaching staff, Beale took the gamble of moving to Brazil – and he considers it ‘the best decision I’ve ever made’. Beale said: “My goal has always been to work abroad and learn a second language. In my time at two big clubs (Chelsea and Liverpool), the foreign coaches who arrived are highly qualified human beings, not just football coaches, and speak different languages.
“Going through the two big academies and working up to Under-23 level, I was exposed to a lot of foreign players, so it was important to understand them. The opportunity to go to Brazil didn’t was not a place I chose – he chose me. I went to work with an icon, Regerio Ceni – he is adored like Steven at Liverpool, he spent 24 years in Sao Paulo – and that was his first job.
“It was like a five-star football holiday, an incredible experience working with the best international players.
“A name that is familiar to everyone here, because he has just won the Champions League, is Eder Militao. He was coming to the academy at the time, we promoted him and gave him his debut “I think I came back probably 50% better as a coach after going through that experience. It took me to another level.”
Beale will meet his new Hoops squad on Wednesday when the players report for pre-season training at QPR’s new training ground in Heston.
He replaces Mark Warburton, who left Rangers at the end of last season, although director of football Les Ferdinand insisted: “Mark has not been sacked – his contract had expired.”