Aston Villa’s Beale a contender for QPR job

Michael Beale is among the contenders for the QPR manager’s job.

The club have expressed an interest in the 41-year-old, who is Aston Villa boss Steven Gerrard’s assistant.

Beale was with Gerrard at Glasgow Rangers and has also coached at Liverpool and Chelsea.

QPR are looking for an up-and-coming manager with a background in coaching and developing players and Beale is among those to be identified as potentially fitting the bill.