Next QPR manager: Former Bristol City striker tipped to succeed Michael Beale

Bristol City’s league rivals QPR are on the search for a new manager with Mick Beale set for a return to Rangers.

<p>Mark Robins had a short but successful spell at Ashton Gate. (Photo by Chloe Knott/Getty Images)</p>

Mark Robins had a short but successful spell at Ashton Gate. (Photo by Chloe Knott/Getty Images)

Former Bristol City striker Mark Robbins could be a potential target for Queens Park Rangers amidst Michael Beale's impending departure. The Coventry City boss has been suggested as a contender as Beale's return to Scottish Premiership giants Rangers moves closer.

The 42-year-old who rejected Wolverhampton Wanderers last month, is seemingly leaving the Hoops after just 150 days in the post at Loftus Road. He had been head-hunted for the role at Molineux after Julen Lopetegui turned down the post, but the Spaniard has since taken the job at Wolves.

Beale worked as assistant coach to Steven Gerrard at Rangers and they ended Celtic's dominance on Scottish football by winning the league title. He followed the Liverpool legend to Villa Park when the pair were appointed at Aston Villa, but left with Gerrard's blessing in the summer to take his first management role.

As per a report from Football League World, QPR could now look to Mark Robins as the man to replace Beale. The 52-year-old is the longest-serving manager in the Championship, having served as manager at the Coventry Building Society Arena for more than five years.

Robins signed a new long-term contract with Coventry in May 2022 and would demand compensation if QPR were to pursue a move for him. Football League World have stated that they can afford to prize Robins away from the Midlands as a result of receivig compensation for Beale.

With the Championship season on pause until December 10 because of the World Cup, clubs can be afforded time to find their replacement. Coventry are currently 11th in the current league standings and have two games in hand over most of their opponents.

Towards the end of his 17-year-old playing career, Robins had a short but successful spell on loan at Bristol City. He scored four goals in six appearances for City on loan from Rotherham United, helping them on their way to winning the EFL Trophy, as well as a third-placed finish in the Second Division.