By Scott Taylor
Michael Beale has informed that he intends to leave his post as Liverpool U23s Head Coach, as the rumours of a possible return to the Academy for Steven Gerrard gather pace.
Beale, took the reigns as U23s coach in 2014 after previously working with Chelsea and Liverpool’s U16s, and is set to join Brazilian Serie ‘A’ side Sao Paulo as Rogerio Ceni’s assistant manager.
Ceni has visited Melwood in the past, and was in contact with Liverpool’s Brazilian contingent of Phillipe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino and Lucas Leiva.
U23s Head Coach visited South America last week, and watched Sao Paulo’s 4-0 win over Capivariano alongside his potential work partner Ceni on Sunday.
Beale reportedly met Ceni for the first time in September where both men attended an English FA coaching course.
The former Chelsea youth-team coach leaves with a very good reputation with Ben Woodburn, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Kevin Stewart, Cameron Brannagan, Ovie Ejaria and many more making the step up to first team level in recent seasons.
His inevitable exit has created large amounts of speculation that club legend Gerrard will return to the Academy as a coach after initial discussions last month.
Gerrard turned down the vacant manager’s role with MK Dons after retiring from professional football last month.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has claimed that Gerrard can always walk back into Melwood, with the obvious connection that he will replace Beale at U23 level.
Beale’s exit has caused confusion as to who will take the role, with U18s Head Coach Neil Critchley the most suitable candidate whilst U16s coach Des Maher and Gerrard may also take up the role.
However, despite it being just ‘paper talk’ at this stage, it is inevitable that Gerrard will return to the club in the future despite announcing he will do punditry for BT Sport.
Beale will take charge of the U23s in their Premier League International Cup at Leicester tomorrow afternoon.