After being turned down by QPR manager Michael Beale on Thursday morning, the Wolves’ quest for a new manager met a dead end once more.
The 42-year-old QPR manager, Michael Beale, a former Steven Gerrard aide, became Wolves’ top target this week after guiding the R’s to the top of the Championship table following just 15 games as head coach.
After 15 games, rookie manager Beale has led the R’s to the top of the Championship table, his first games in charge after serving as Steven Gerard’s assistant at both Rangers and Aston Villa.
He became Wolves’ first choice this week after previously being turned down by former Spain manager Julen Lopetegui and with club officials losing interest in the prospective return of former manager Nuno Espirito Santo.
Beale’s £1.2 million release clause was not a problem for Wolves, who were pleased with his performance at Loftus Road and in previous positions, including as an Under-23 coach at Brazilian club So Paulo.
Despite his relative inexperience as a manager, they saw him as a forward-thinking, exciting hire who could have a similar impact in the Premier League to current Chelsea manager Graham Potter.
They also believed a deal would be reached to have him in place for the weekend match against Leicester on Sunday.
On Wednesday, speculation that Beale would transfer to Molineux was rampant, but it didn’t deter his QPR players as they defeated Cardiff City 3-0 to move to the top of the Championship.
Beale declared after the game: “I made the choice to switch off my phone because we had this game to focus on.
You are not required to accept an official offer if one is made. You must consider everything. You need to find the answers to several questions.”
Beale responded, “I did come from the Premier League to work here,” when asked about his connections to Wolves.
I’m aware of that degree. I felt incredibly prepared for this position and supremely secure in my abilities. Being a manager in the Premier League is my absolute ambition.
That’s a known fact. However, the opportunity, the time, and the club must all be right.Michael Beale
The faltering Black Country team, with just two victories and five goals to their name in the Premier League this season, does not appear to be the right club at the right time.
Wolves had reportedly made an official approach to the London club to speak with Beale on Thursday morning.
But after speaking with QPR executives following the game on Wednesday, he quickly rejected their request, as first reported by The Telegraph, explaining his choice to remain in place.
Since Bruno Lage was fired on October 2, the Wolves have been looking for a replacement. Despite speaking with a number of individuals, none have agreed to take the role.