|Job||xxxx Football Coach|
|Chelsea youth coach|
|Liverpool youth coach [ex]|
|Club as Player||xxxx|
2020 04 08 Retrieve
[Mason Mount: How midfielder ended Chelsea’s long wait for homegrown star] He always turned up really early to sessions. When coaches were turning up 30 or 40 minutes before a session to set up, he’d already be there with a ball, playing and really enjoying himself
[…] I spoke to him at Vitesse Arnhem in the first couple of months when he was in and out of the team. I was expecting him to be down, but he was relishing the challenge; he was going to prove everyone wrong
2020 04 24 Retrieve
[Former Liverpool youth coach Michael Beale has revealed that he knew Trent Alexander-Arnold would become a first-team footballer from the moment he saw him playing at centre-back for the Reds’ Under-14 side] I saw him on my first day there in the Under-14s as a central defender and he was different to anyone we [Chelsea]
On my first day at Liverpool, they asked me which players did I like. I said I liked Trent and I thought he will play in the first team because when I looked across the pitches, he excited me as he was standing out above everyone else.
Liverpool was different to Chelsea but he would have got into any of our Chelsea teams. That’s why I made that bold statement.
I didn’t know he would make it and at times I thought maybe I said that too early as he definitely had things to work on. He is lucky to have a good support network around him with his mum Diane. His brothers also really help him.
He kept his support network small which helps keep out noise and influence apart from his family and the people in the club. I think there was a lot of work he had to do. A bit like Mason Mount and Ruben Loftus-Cheek, I kept thinking, ‘Wow, what will he become?’ rather than ‘wow, what is he now?’.
He has surpassed my expectations already. What my advice to Trent would be now is that you have achieved a lot early, but it is only five per cent of what you wanted to achieve. It is important that his success makes him hungry and I think it does. He has the same look in his eye that he had at 16 that he is hungry and he wants to get better. He makes me smile
[At Liverpool, Beale worked as the club’s U-23s manager under Brendan Rodgers and Jurgen Klopp, both of whom have been generous in giving debuts to youngsters] When I went to Liverpool I was introduced to people like Kenny Dalglish, Rob Jones, Robbie Fowler. Pep Guardiola’s current assistant, Rodolfo Borrell, was the head of the academy at the time.
Steve Cooper was the U-18s coach who has gone onto manage Swansea City now. Alex Inglethorpe came from Tottenham so it was a really exciting time. I was really good friends with Pepijn Lijnders, who came from Porto and he is now Jurgen Klopp’s assistant.
I went from one environment with fantastic people to another. The influence of the first team I got at Chelsea dripping down from the likes of [Jose] Mourinho and [Carlo] Ancelotti was good, but I was closer to Brendan Rodgers and Jurgen Klopp as the reserve team manager.
I worked with a really good group. My first group was Harry Wilson, Ryan Kent, Jerome Sinclair, Brad Smith, Jordon Ibe and Jordan Rossiter, who all went onto play in the first team. There was also Conor Coady and Suso.
There were some really good players around at the time. Trent Alexander-Arnold, Ben Woodburn and Curtis Jones behind that. It was a club rich in development. It is different to Chelsea. It is a smaller city that is in love with the team.
London is bigger and you don’t have as much evolve around the club. We had a lot more ex-players helping the group which was different to Chelsea at the time. It was fantastic. Being reserve team manager, I was close to the first team and I had access to first-team players which progressed me as a coach as well.
[Beale opted to stay out of Gerrard’s way so as not to step on the legendary midfielder’s toes, though he still got the call to head to Ibrox to work alongside the first-time senior coach] When I went back to Liverpool, Steven was manager of the U-18s and I tried to stay out of his way. I didn’t want to be there as a former U-23s coach when he was learning. I mentored the younger coaches so I didn’t work with him until he invited me here
2020 04 29 Retrieve
[Ex-Reds coach reveals interest in Eder Militao, Real Madrid defender] He was a good player and Liverpool already knew about Eder and asked me to keep an eye on him. He was always a good player as a centre-half who played in central midfield. We played him either as a right centre-back in a three or right-back just because he was growing into the position. We gave eight or nine debuts in our 36 games there. Eder was like what Trent [Alexander-Arnold] is doing now. You wished he would do it but sometimes you don’t see how they can do it so quickly. Eder went to Porto, which was a great softener for his move to Europe. He had two fantastic years in Europe and at Real Madrid he now faces difficulties. He is trying to displace the world’s best players in Varane and Ramos. Every day, he is going to learn, grow and get better. He is a Brazil full international playing for the most mystical national team in the world. I just smile and I had a one per cent impact on Eder’s career but I was around when we helped him make his debut so I was proud of that
[However, losing the likes of Eder was one of the reasons he chose to leave Brazil, before rejoining Liverpool and ultimately going to Rangers to work under Steven Gerrard] I left Sao Paulo because they sold a lot of their best players and I couldn’t see where they were going with the project. It was my first step into first-team football. It was all about selling in Brazil because the league doesn’t have much money. I couldn’t understand it. I was all about getting close to players and going on their journey. I did it at Chelsea and Liverpool. So I found it hard to sell Eder Militao to Porto and then he goes onto Real Madrid. I didn’t want him for just 10-15 games. I wanted him longer. We sold David Neres to Ajax. We sold two more to Lille. We sold Maicon to Galatasaray; we sold Joao to Atalanta. I found it really difficult to see where it was going. Still, the day-to-day working in Brazil was unbelievable and it took me to another level. I loved the away games with Santos, Palmeiras and travelling around the country. Training Brazilian players, meeting people and the experiences I had are very hard to explain because people haven’t lived it.
It is pure football with atmosphere, attacking but it is sometimes naive tactically. I loved the flair. I was hasty when I left but it felt like the right decision at the time and I am happy with what happened since. My idols were Bobby Robson and Terry Venables who had both coached overseas and spoke a foreign language. My worry in life is sitting still and being comfortable. I wanted to manage abroad and head up an academy abroad as goals in my career. I never thought I would get a chance like that