“WE understand the standards” is the message from Rangers’ first-team coach Michel Beale as the Light Blues’ new management team settle-in to life at the club.
Currently in Spain for their pre-season training camp, Beale told RangersTV just how delighted he is to have joined up with Steven Gerrard at Ibrox, with the Englishman arriving with wealth of experience.
A previous youth coach at a wide range of age levels at both Chelsea and Liverpool, Beale also had a spell as assistant manager at Brazilian giants Sao Paulo.
Now he’s on the staff at Ibrox, and he reckons he has arrived at what is a very exciting time in the club’s history.
Speaking exclusively to RangersTV, Beale said: “Firstly, this is a huge club and it is a fantastic moment for the club as well. With the manager starting, Gary Mac, the people that I know that are all coming in, with the tradition of the club, I think it was a choice that was very, very simple and quick to make.
“The decision was made from the moment Steven asked me to come, and it is a pleasure to be here.
“I think we understand the standards and the level that it takes. I think with Gary and Steven playing at such a high level for such a long time, and myself being previously with Chelsea, Liverpool and going across to Sao Paulo, you are used to the big pressure and the standards.
“We know what it looks like and then we are coming in to a very hungry technical staff, and a young, hungry playing staff, so a lot of things fit in line.”
Beale is thrilled with how things have gone so far at the club, both on and off the pitch, and he has been impressed with what he has seen from the players.
And, while titled as ‘first-team coach’ Beale revealed there to be a real team ethic among the backroom staff when it comes to making any calls relating to the squad.
He continued: “Everything we do is a collective decision, and then we share the workload out on the pitch. My job really is once we decide what we are going to do is to get that down on paper and work out the logistics of how the session is going to run, and that’s done in line with Jordan Milsom [Head of Performance] to make sure he gives me the idea in terms of physically, and then Steven gives me the idea in terms of how he wants the session to look.
“Things so far couldn’t have gone any better. Everything at the moment is so positive, everything is new and while we have only been back in for a week or so, everything is positive.
“The players are on best behaviour so we are seeing the good side of them, but also, we are slowly getting little messages across to them each day, but I have to say, everybody at the club has been fantastic, from the people off the pitch who have helped me personally relocating to Glasgow, they have been outstanding, and the staff in the club, and then the players as well, I couldn’t be happier at the moment.
“Having experienced other clubs, I feel at home straight away here which is always a really good sign.”
Beale discussed the programme the players will be following during their time in Spain, and the need for it to stand them in good stead for the entire season.
He added: “What we try to do is theme each day just to give the players one or two messages every day that link together.
“We’re not racing ahead with anything – this is a period of time where we are laying strong foundations in all areas, so we are improving in terms of our mentality and standards as a group, our understanding of each other, our physical fitness, our mental fitness as well, our diet and nutrition we are controlling with new ideas there, and then slowly but surely, we are pulling the team together.
“I think everyone is aware there are incomings and outgoings every other day, so that will probably calm down in a few weeks, but we are building strong foundations now, so in around 11 months from now, we will end the season with our last game and have had a very successful campaign.
“I don’t think anyone just now is shouting out any high aims, but that doesn’t mean in-house we aren’t setting them.”