QPR have confirmed the appointment of Michael Beale as their new head coach on a three-year contract.
The 41-year-old has served as Steven Gerrard's assistant manager at both Rangers and Aston Villa, and previously spent several years at Liverpool, as well as Chelsea, coaching at various youth levels.
Highly-rated Beale was also linked with the vacant manager's job at Blackburn Rovers, but QPR have got their man - confirming his arrival in a statement on their official website.
“It’s fantastic to be here,” Beale said of his appointment. “I’ve been looking for the right opportunity and I think I have that now – the right club, the right people, the right ambition and the right support.
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“I’m a London boy and know everything this club stands for. This is a wonderful opportunity for me and a really good time for the club as well. “I’ve been left a solid platform by Mark Warburton, which I’m obviously pleased about, and that enables me to kick on from hereon in.
“I want us to be a front foot and high-intensity team, in and out of possession. I want Loftus Road to be a real cauldron for us – I’ve been to games here and I know just how much the fans can impact the team on the pitch.
“We’ve got a young, hungry team and everyone has their best days in front of them. I’m absolutely excited about working with the players that we already have here. The players played in an attractive style last season and now I’m looking to add my stamp to that, so that we can kick on even further.”
QPR's CEO, Lee Hoos, added: “This was a meticulous process that has yielded a very positive outcome – we’re really excited to have Michael on board.
“A lot of credit must go to our recruitment department who did a fantastic job in amassing a lot of data so that we could identify candidates who could really take this club forward."