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Hibs fans wouldn't accept Michael Beale due to Rangers past but ex Celtic manager fits the bill, says Tam McManus

Former Rangers boss Michael Beale wouldn't be a popular choice with the Hibs support
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Tam McManus has told the Hibs board that Michael Beale would NEVER be accepted by the fans due to his Rangers past.

Ex-Ibrox boss and assistant Beale is one of a number of names who have been linked with the Easter Road vacancy in the wake of Nick Montgomery's sacking. Beale is out of work after a miserable season where he was axed by both Gers and Sunderland.

McManus doesn't think the 43-year-old is a serious contender for the role, and aside from the club's rivalry with Rangers, believes his quick-fire sackings would raise serious red flags with any future employer.

Asked about Beale's credentials, McManus told the Daily Record: "Not for me - and more importantly not for many supporters either. His recent association with Rangers shouldn't be an issue but it would be for so many Hibees.

"More importantly his record at Ibrox and then Sunderland means his CV isn't up to scratch. Two sackings in one season is pretty bad going and it would be a foolish move to go after someone whose stock is so low."

However, McManus reckons ex-Celtic boss Ronny Deila would be a shrewd appointment by the Hibees and claims the club's support would welcome the Norwegian - who has won titles in the Premiership, MLS and Tippeligaen.

He said: "I would 100 per cent take Deila. I've played in the MLS and it's a very high standard. He won the league with New York City which was a fabulous achievement and also means he has experience as part of a multi-club network.

"At Club Brugge last season an iffy run in the league coincided with a really good run in the Europa Conference League where they got to the semi finals. He is out of work and available. Deila seems a good motivator, he has a grasp of the Premiership from his two years at Celtic and Hibs fans I know have been mentioning his name in fairly positive tones."

At the moment, it seems caretaker boss David Gray is the clear frontrunner to replace Montgomery on a permanent basis and McManus wouldn't be against the Scottish Cup-winning legend landing the role.

The former striker added: "He might just be the perfect fit for what the club needs. With the wisdom and experience of sporting director Malky Mackay sitting above him it ticks so many boxes.

"Some might say he lacks experience but Gray has sat in that hotseat four times now after managers have been bulleted and he's been directly involved in coaching the first team for three years and even taken charge of a European game. Honestly, this might be the easiest decision the club have had to make in three years."