QPR boss Michael Beale was flattered to be given the opportunity to speak to Wolves about their vacancy as manager – but feels he still has work to do at Loftus Road.
The 42-year-old has impressed in his first management job, guiding Rangers to the top of the Championship after a 3-0 home win over Cardiff on Wednesday night.
Wolves had made Beale, who was Steven Gerrard’s assistant at Aston Villa before joining QPR in the summer, the club’s first choice to replace Bruno Lage.
However, after being informed of formal action late Wednesday night, Beale opted not to hold talks with the Premier League club.
“Wolves are a fantastic football club and it was a real privilege to be asked to speak to them but I didn’t feel it was the right moment because I made an agreement here,” Beale said in an interview with QPR Club Media .
“Integrity and loyalty are big things to me and if you live those values you must be strong.
“I was all-in here and asked other people to be all-in so I can’t be the first person to run off the ship.
“I don’t think we’re anywhere near where I want QPR to be. We have a lot to do, but I’m looking forward to it.”
Beale added: “When I joined the club over the summer I found an owner who was really honest with me about what they wanted. They gave me my first chance to become a manager and I accepted this task with a lot of enthusiasm and excitement.
“They allowed me to build a management team and they allowed me to recruit some players that I really wanted to work with.
“I had to talk to them (new players), sometimes their parents, sometimes their wives, to convince them that QPR is the right place.”
Beale admitted it had been a testing period after Wolves’ interest was made public and he was trying to focus on the job at hand.
“There was a lot going on behind the scenes and it’s been a tough couple of days for me personally, to be honest,” said the 42-year-old coach.
“I was really focused here and everything came out of the blue. These things really snowball and everyone has an opinion and a view.
“I really tried to be honest in all the interviews I did and the most important thing was to keep the players focused on the task at hand, which was last night’s game against Cardiff.”
Wolves, who are 18th in the Premier League, will continue their search for a permanent new boss.
Steve Davis and James Collins will continue in their interim roles for Sunday’s Premier League game against fellow contenders Leicester at Molineux.
Former boss Nuno Espirito Santo was a surprise candidate but Wolves progressed uninterested, while talks were also held with ex-coach Rob Edwards and former Lyon boss Peter Bosz.
https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/sky-bet-championship-cardiff-steven-gerrard-aston-villa-premier-league-b2207000.html Michael Beale ‘thrilled’ with QPR job after turning down chance to speak with Wolves