Michael Beale has immediately echoed the essence of his Rangers experience under Steven Gerrard with his own coaching setup at Queens Park Rangers.
That continuity and ethos was very apparent when Beale outlined the thinking behind his appointments, as QPR got their pre-season preparation underway.
He emphasised the importance of the collective unit when speaking to the club’s official website:
“I like to use specific coaches to work closely with individual players and units in the team. I believe strongly that it is a management team that will all work together for the success and progression of the players, team and club as a whole.”
“I am looking forward to bringing that together with Gavin Ward for goalkeepers, Neil (Banfield) for defenders, Damian (Matthew) for midfielders and the forwards working specifically with me.”
“I strongly believe that football is about relationships and the feelings that come from that, between staff, players, fans and the club, and that will be at the forefront of our daily work.”
Matthew has significant experience, including his recent work with the first team at Millwall, whilst Banfield remains at Loftus Road having served under Mark Warburton. He learned a lot during his time at Arsenal under Arsene Wenger. Overall, Beale has surrounded himself with older, wiser heads with knowledge of the Championship.
There is more than a hint of the tight-knit Rangers set-up under Gerrard, just like they all moved together to Aston Villa. As well as the figurehead in charge, the new QPR boss worked alongside specialists such as Tom Culshaw (set pieces), Jordan Milsom (fitness) and the know-how and maturity of Gary McAllister.
It is clear that Beale believes in that concept of a collective approach with the cogs turning together. Plenty will be watching with interest as to how well-oiled the machine will be under the popular former Ibrox assistant in England’s second tier in the coming season.