Michael Beale (born 04 September 1980) is an English professional football coach who is currently the first team coach at Rangers FC in Scotland. Prior to joining Rangers, He has held coaching positions with Chelsea FC, Liverpool FC and Sao Paulo FC, Brazil.
IN 2003, He joined Chelsea FC and stayed with the club for nine years in various roles before joining Liverpool FC in the summer of 2012.
He originally joined Liverpool as the u16 head coach but was promoted shortly afterwards into the role of reserve team manager (also named u21 and u23 team). He remained at the club for 3.5yrs before leaving in December 2016 to join the Brazilian club, Sao Paulo FC.
Beale joined Sao Paulo in the role of assistant manager to club legend Rogerio Ceni. The move was very high profile in Brazil and he was the first British coach to hold a prominent role in one of Brazil’s elite clubs.
In July 2017, Beale resigned from the club and returned to the UK and re-joined Liverpool FC as head of coaching to mentor the younger age group coaches.
In May 2018, he accepted an offer from Rangers FC to become the first team coach at the Scottish premier league club under Steven Gerrard. In December 2019, Beale alongside the other first team staff signed a contract extension until 2024. In March 2021, Rangers won the Scottish premier league for the first time in 10yrs. This was the clubs 55th championship.
Born in South London, Beale began his journey in football as a youth and professional player at Charlton Athletic. He joined the clubs school of excellence (now known as an academy) at the age of eleven and stayed with the club until the age of nineteen, progressing through the age groups and becoming a regular in the reserve teams managed by Keith Peacock and Gary Stevens. He left the club in the summer of 1999. He began his coaching career in his home town of Bromley as a futsal coach teaching young children in a local church hall. His soccer school was a branch of the ICFDS Brazilian Soccer Schools that was founded by Simon Clifford.
During his days as a part time coach at Chelsea FC, he held various other coaching positions in order to gain experience. This including working as a Head coach for Chelsea FC women’s reserve team, (2002/3) Crystal Palace FC women’s team (2003-2005) and AFC Wimbledon FC u19s team (2005/6). He also played non league football for Banstead Athletic, Croydon Athletic and Ashford Town FC.
In 2003, he joined Chelsea as a part time coach working with the u6-8 age groups in the local development centres. He quickly moved into the full academy and held part time positions as the u9 assistant, u10 head coach and u11 head coach before joining the club on a full time basis in July 2007 as the clubs Youth Development Officer. He continued working for Chelsea FC in this role and also as head coach for the u13 and u14 age groups up to August 2012 when he resigned from this position to join Liverpool FC.
In September 2012, he joined Liverpool FC academy as head of the youth development phase. This role was to oversee the u16 and u15 age groups. In November 2012, Alex Inglethorpe arrived from Tottenham Hotspurs FC as reserve team manager and Beale worked was promoted to reserve team assistant manager whilst also continuing the role as u16 head coach.
In August 2014, due to a reshuffle in academy staff, Beale become the reserve team manager of Liverpool FC, with Inglethorpe promoted to academy manager. Beale was also credited with recommending his friend Pepijn Lijnders as his replacement as u16 coach. Alongside Alex Inglethorpe, they recruited the current first team assistant to join the club in the summer of 2014.
During his time as reserve team manager, Beale oversee the development of 18 players who made first team debuts under Brendan Rodgers and Jurgen Klopp. Beale continued in this role until December 2016 when he resigned from this position. On leaving the club, Jurgen Klopp spoke publicly about his role in the development of the clubs young players “He has done a wonderful job and we worked really well together, I heard him say he will miss everyone at LFC and I can say that we will all miss him also”
Academy manager Alex Inglethorpe – “I believe that Michael has been integral to the development of many of our players who have progressed towards the first team and I would like to wish him and his family every success for the future. He is a talented coach who has great potential to go on and make his mark within the senior game.”
SAO PAULO FC
In December 2016, he joined Sao Paulo FC to become the assistant manager to club legend Rogerio Ceni. The move to Brazil was a high profile one with Beale becoming the first British coach to hold a prominent position at one of Brazils elite clubs. The team began the Paulista state championships in fine form and only lost once in the first nineteen games before losing a two legged semi final to Corinthians (who would go on to win the championship) and in the Copa do Brasil to Cruzeiro (eventual winners of the tournament).
He resigned from his role on 1st July 2017, during a period of uncertainty around a number of player sales, Beale cited a change in the clubs project and disappointed at the loss of the clubs key players in such a short period of time. On July 4th 2017, Rogerio Ceni was sacked as the head coach.
RETURN TO LIVERPOOL FC
Beale rejoined Liverpool FC academy in September 2017 as Head of Coaching for the Foundation Phase age groups. The role was to oversee the coaching programme for the u6-11 age groups and to mentor the clubs coaches. This was a return to the role that he held at Chelsea many years before. On returning to the club, Beale told Liverpoolfc.com: “It’s fantastic to be back and it feels like I haven’t left the place. It just feels like I’m back home at a special place with a lot of good friends and I hope to play a small part in what we are trying to do. I never really cut the cord because I was always in touch with the staff, the players and watching our games when I was living out in Brazil. I’ve got lots and lots of good friends here in Kirkby and at Melwood as well, so it’s lovely to be home.”
In May 2018, Beale accepted an offer from Steven Gerrard to join his backroom team as first team coach. Beale signed a four year contract to join the club alongside fellow Liverpool academy coaches Jordan Milsom and Tom Culshaw. In December 2019, He extended his contract for another two years until the summer of 2024. In March 2021, Rangers won the Scottish Premier League.
Beale is married and has three children, he currently lives in the loch Lomond area of Scotland. He holds the UEFA pro licence award and is a published author of 12 books and regular writes about football development via his coaching blog www.michaelbealecoaching.com
He is a world renowned coach educator who has spoken at various national associations and coaching seminars in England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Ireland, Norway, Iceland, Brazil, Canada, USA. Jordan, Israel, Australia and Qatar.