Recent comments from new Sunderland boss Michael Beale has talkSPORT pundit baffled

The 43-year-old joined Rangers from QPR last year, after guiding the Championship club to the top of the table.


He jumped ship after only a matter of months to lead the Scottish giants, but his tenure wasn’t quite as respected as had hoped.


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While Beale claims a 72% win percentage during his time at Ibrox Stadium, he lost key matches to the likes of Aberdeen,

Aris Limassol and Kilmarnock, as well as failing to beat Celtic on five occasions.


While appreciated as a coach during his time under Steven Gerrard, Rangers fans weren’t too

pleased with him following his spell as manager – leaving Sunderland supporters to also doubt his arrival.


It didn’t take long for Beale to discuss his stint at Rangers though,

speaking in his interview with the club about why things didn’t go to plan.


He said: “I went into QPR as a head coach and originally went into Rangers in the same role.

There was a lot of changes with people leaving and I got pulled in different places.


“The thing that I’m really comfortable with here is the alignmemt through the club.

My role being in line with that as a head coach and having an opinion and idea on other aspects of the club but I

want to be the coach of the team, not the manager of the whole football club. So this was good fit in terms of alignment.


The conversations were smooth, there was a lot of common ground.

I’m just looking forward to getting ready now with this and the exciting future of Sunderland.”


Beale has already come under criticism for his apparent swipe at his former club, while Ally McCoist has been the next to respond to his comments.


Speaking on talkSPORT, the former Sunderland Rangers striker said: “I don’t know what he meant by that; I’ve got no idea.

SUNDERLAND, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 18: Michael Beale, new Sunderland head coach gives an interview at The Academy of Light on December 18, 2023 in Sunderland, England. (Photo by Ian Horrocks/Sunderland AFC via Getty Images)











Maybe he’s talking about non-footballing issues? It’s a question he’ll have to be asked at the next press conference.


“But Rangers are a massive club. At times it’s difficult to concentrate on just coaching the side.


“What probably hasn’t helped is bizarrely something he cannot affect – Philippe Clement

coming in and doing ever so well at Rangers. Things didn’t work out for Michael at Rangers.


“There’ll be an element – I don’t care what anyone says – of Sunderland fans that will

be disappointed to see Tony Mowbray go. Tony will not be an easy act to follow.


The focus of attention right now will be Beale – he has to hit the ground running. In normal circumstances,

when a manager goes to a club it’s because the previous manager hasn’t done well, but I don’t think Mowbray did that badly.”


Not a good start from Beale?

Michael Beale has already come under a lot of pressure

and negative press following his move to Sunderland, so his comments don’t sit well.


I understand that he wants to tell his side of the story and explain that maybe it wasn’t his fault

that his time in Glasgow went the way it did, but that is not what we need to hear in an interview after your arrival on Wearside.


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Sunderland fans are certainly discouraged by his previous spell with Rangers,

but Michael Beale needs to change our minds with performances on the pitch, not silly little comments.


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