Beale Flies In With His “List Of Demands” But It’s All As Fake As “The Shortlist” Was.

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Scottish football is a small place. Occasionally a dark place.

I once described it thus;

“(A) tiny town where everyone knows everyone else intimately. And the wife beaters sit and drink with the preachers, and the fraudsters sit down with the bank managers, and the guy who murdered his former wife sits and sups beer with the school mistress, and the barman keeps on pouring for the not-yet-acknowledged alcoholics and tells them they earned a drink after a long hard day, and the wheel keeps on turning because although everybody knows, nobody ever says outright what it is that they know and although nothing is a secret everyone acts as though there are no secrets to tell. A town where the word ‘community’ means that everyone lives in blissful ignorance, although nobody is ignorant of anything. A town where if you never acknowledge it, maybe it didn’t happen at all.”

You see that everywhere in the coverage of Beale today, as he prepares to sign on the dotted line and take up the Ibrox hot-seat, which more and more resembles an electric chair.

Nobody wants to acknowledge that the “shortlist” didn’t exist, that the “search” never took place or that what did happen was as close to tapping as you’ll ever get and that it started weeks ago, whilst Van Bronckhorst was still at least nominally secure.

The thing about Scottish football being a small town is that the smart people know who the dumb people are. If you want to start a rumour you know just who to confide in and swear to secrecy.

Tell the right person and you know that word will spread through the town like a virulent strain of the flu. Think of Keith Jackson that way, a man so dense that he doesn’t recognise when he’s on a using.

He was given one last night, and proudly wrote about it.

Jackson’s “exclusive” was that Beale was flying in today with demands. That foremost amongst them he wanted assurances about the January window. But what assurances can Ibrox offer? Anything they give him now is money they can’t provide for him in the summer. And what demands is he in a position to make at the moment anyway?

The club and the manager have already made two enormous errors in the way they’ve perpetrated their little scam.

The first was in how public the Aberdeen game invite was, and how Beale himself used it to visit a famous Ibrox fan pub and present himself as the coming hero. That was supposed to build the initial bridge to the appointment. Instead it just looks devious and cold and the actions of someone utterly selfish, and made it clear to QPR what went on.

The second error wasn’t really their fault, but they compounded it. Or rather, Beale did.

It was the offer from Wolves and how he chose to respond to it.

I believe he knew he was on the way to Ibrox. But this alleged tactical genius actually went for an interview at Wolves to hide that fact, and then used the words “integrity” and “loyalty” in turning them down. Ibrox should have started looking for someone else right there and then. But they had settled on their man.

From the moment Beale gave that interview, he and Ibrox were locked in the death grip. He looks like a complete snake now, and if he really did come to Ibrox with a list of “demands” today they would be well justified in calling his bluff and rejecting them.

Because what exactly is he going to do at this point? Head back to London, to a club and fans who know exactly what he did here and what he’s been up to? He’s got no road back there and he knows it.

And Ibrox’s board knows it as well, which is why they would never agree to any demands he might have to make.

Yet, for all that, they wouldn’t be entirely safe either, because if he did decide to chance his arm by rejecting them I genuinely don’t believe that they have a Plan B. They’ve spent the past week working on Beale and pushing random names into the media … but no actual search beyond White City took place and they wouldn’t know where to start.

Jackson was fed that line about guarantees and demands by the very board he is excoriating over the nature of the appointment. The board know this isn’t universally popular and they know there’s a perception of Beale as a yes man, and a stooge. But if he’s coming with demands and the board is meeting those demands, then a few more fans can be won over.

What’s truly unbelievable here is that this isn’t, as many Ibrox fans surmise, a panicked appointment. They’ve actually been working on this for a while. This was the rational decision they arrived at, with plenty of time to think it over. To tap up a manager who had less than half a season’s experience in the dugout.

But the shady, slapdash way they’ve gone about it has trapped them, and him, in a pact which neither can easily get out of if something unforeseen forced them to reconsider. It’s perfectly obvious what’s been going on here.

Yet some in our media prefer the lie. They prefer to be played for fools, and by people so stupid they weren’t even smart enough to do their tapping in private. These Peepul deserve each other.

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  • Dinger says:

    Pinocchio Jackson nose a good story

  • Seppington says:

    For all they’d likely deny it we all know words such as “integrity” and “loyalty” have absolutely ZERO meaning at the Scumdome these days so it’s hardly surprising the filth are set on such a shameless arsehole for their next manager. He’s a perfect candidate to get them to the summer when they’ll punt him and bring in someone a real staunch Sevco man…who they’ll end up needing to punt by Christmas next year after we storm into another massive lead in the league and the cycle will go on and on and on….

  • Frankie says:

    The snake was the only candidate they had as anyone with a brain would not touch that job with a skunks brush, to make good furniture you need good wood what they have you couldnt even make pallets with.

  • Damian says:

    Throughout the entirety of Gerrard’s tenure at Ibrox, I heard the clever Celtic fans saying that Beale was the real talent of the operation – the one programming training drills, working and teaching the formations and approaches, and advising in-game tactical switches. Clearly, the purpose of saying those things at the time was to insult Gerrard by relative extension. But, it’s entirely possible that those Celtic fan commentators were right at the time and that he will therefore be an excellent appointment.

    Rangers are nine points adrift of Celtic, one third of the way into the season. Celtic are only directly responsible for three of those advantageous points. If Beale can stop Rangers haemorrhaging points to opponents they should overcome quite easily, there’s plenty for them to play for. The only thing I know about Beale is that, according to Alan Morrison and others, he was the brains behind Gerrard’s title winning campaign and admirable European performances. If that is true, there’s no reason why he won’t be a perfectly good appointment now.

    • Seppington says:

      Will he be adequate? Possibly, though his QPR history doesn’t suggest it. Will he excel? With the budget he’ll get I doubt it, but then most coaches would struggle to compete with us based on that. I think they’ll give him pennies in January, he’ll either chuck it in frustration or get the boot come season’s end and depending on how Livingston’s season pans out they’ll install Martindale as he has a history of giving us problems on a thin budget…and he’s staunch!

      • Damian says:

        All of that presupposes that the current Rangers squad is literally incapable of competing with the ten other clubs in the league. That’s a ridiculous thing to suppose. If he can get them back to being better than everyone else, to the point where taking their chances against us is worth a shot, then he’ll have done well. Six of our nine point advantage is Rangers dropping points against teams they should beat easily. That’s the bread and butter issue he needs to resolve and, going by the verdict of very impressive Celtic fans like Alan Morrison and others who made clear that he was the absolute talent in the Gerrard operation, he should be able to resolve it without major investments. As for taking on us, they need to get back to the point of the last two derbies of last season (the two before the last), where they got a win and a draw. He’s taking over a team that’s nine points behind and which is not expected to win the league. If he narrows that gap, takes care of the teams he should take care of with consistency and makes the games between them and us a contest (as they were VERY recently), he’ll have built a decent platform for next season.

        • Seppington says:

          Given the resources available he’ll have built a platform to be the second best team in the country at most, which isn’t good enough for the knuckle-scrapers in the Scumdome stands…

          • Damian says:

            But, as we’ve seen, if the second best team can make sure they’re miles ahead of the rest, anything can happen. Ajax outspend PSV and Feyenoord by a distance. Both of those clubs win the league from time to time without ever getting close to Ajax’s bottom line. Have you asked any Rangers fans you know, in person, about this? I presume you speak with the knuckle-draggers on a regular basis? If you just mean that some / a lot of Rangers fans aren’t very smart, that’s hardly unique. The guys who sit in front of and behind me at Celtic Park are well short of Mensa-level intellects. But, Gerrard did exactly as you described and wasn’t sacked. GVB finished four points behind last season, having been six ahead, and wasn’t sacked at that point. If Beale gets them back to the point of cuffing everyone else and competing with Celtic in derbies (as the same players did in the latter two derbies of last season; there has been only ONE, at Celtic Park, at a point when Celtic had played four fewer games, this season), he’ll be generally well supported. There is zero reason to think otherwise. If anything that we’ll-informed Celtic fans had to say about Beale while he was working under Gerrard is true, he must be quite likely to do that.

          • Seppington says:

            Who said anything about their bottom line? An team can beat a bigger more well-funded side but it’s a rarity not the norm.
            I’m not saying all Tims are intelligent (Christ have you seen some of the roaster posts on here? I mean just look at mine ffs!) but it seems there’s much more of a sense of realism about our club. Much less deludemol addicts in the stands of CP.
            I find it hard to get worked up over a former assistant manager who has hardly made any great waves as a manager in his own right in his brief career. I was more concerned when they hired Van Bronckhorst than when they went for Slippy, and regardless of how well thought of he is this guy concerns me not in the least. Not every coach can make that step up to be a successful manager, I see no reason to think this guy can be any better than Gerrard who won a single trophy in his time at the cowp.

        • Martin says:

          Correct, he just needs to be Walter Smith as Scotland manager (stop losing to crap teams) and the season is worthwhile again for them.

          Whether he is good enough or not I don’t know. But to act like the current squad aren’t capable of doing the business against most of the league, if we’ll coached, is fantasy. That’s the nature of our league. And I don’t think we can assume we won’t drop a single point elsewhere either.

          We’re currently better and currently on course for the title, but anyone who says we can’t be caught is a fool.

          • Damian says:

            Agreed. If Celtic don’t win the league from this point that should be seen as an abject failure. But, from Beale’s point of view he just has to take a decent but underperforming group of players and stop them underperforming. There is no reason to think he can’t do that. Again, my only impressions of Michael Beale come from other well-clued-up Celtic fans who, two seasons ago, never tired of saying that Gerrard was not a good manager and that Beale was the absolute brains behind the operation. That was a Celtic-fan-centric viewpoint. It doesn’t mean he will be good in the top job, but it certainly doesn’t mean he won’t be. It would certainly suggest that he has a certain amount of cache with the specific group of players he is now in charge of. The overwhelming majority of the league season remains ahead of us. Our advantage over them is only slightly more than their advantage over us at the halfway point last season. (We have other advantages which they did not have, admittedly; several of them.)

  • Geoff says:

    Think his first demand is to now be referred to as Mick.
    Cos how can little Michael take on Big Ange?

  • LoneCelt says:

    He’s been chased as a last desperate hope that his bogeyman reputation will reignite Ibrox and overcome Celtic. They had so many other factors and closet supporters pulling levers behind the scenes to stop 10IAR it’s difficult to know how much effect he had in their results. Previously they’ve brought in thugs like Hately to cheat their way to trophies and intimidate their opponents. When Beale was there with Gerrard there were questions which were never raised about their capacity to play two 120 min games within 72 hours. Was Caffeine or some other dubious stimulant being used?

  • Frank says:

    Damian we have only played them once this season so 3 points out of the 3 we could have taken from them so far is not so bad

  • SSMPM says:

    The best thing we can do is beat them at the midden and that will, apart from a major capitulation on our behalf, put his task beyond reach and more importantly they’ll know it. If Ange increases our lead to about 20 points that puts to bed any chat that we were lucky and the Fenian hand and all that dribbly mess.
    I expect he’ll get some money to spend in January if he does come in, and with the return of some CBs expected from injuries that may improve their chances of something. With the help of the refs and VAR to try and stop our treble, maybe they’ll end up with a cup, he’ll end up staying, aiding their literature about Celtic’s lucky season. C’mon a Hoops.

  • Peterbrady says:

    Bealin coudnae slip away to villa quick enough last Nov now all the zombies with the memory span of a gold fish say he’s the new Messiah they will be digging out there cardboard cutout of slippy next ha ha you couldnae make it up

    • Damian says:

      The best managers in the world are generally disloyal. Just like the best players. Loyalty in football is a fetish. Basically meaningless. There is no relationship between loyalty and quality. The only thing that will really matter to them is whether he’s any good. According to multiple Celtic fans two seasons ago, Beale was the real talent in the Gerrard operation at Ibrox. If those Celtic fans were right, Rangers have made a good appointment. Celtic needs to take care of its own business and press the advantages they hold. I am confident that they will do so.

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