Sunderland are on the hunt for another new manager after handing Michael Beale his marching orders after just two months in the job.
He stepped into youth team coaching at Chelsea and then Liverpool, before making the step up to the first team staff.
Early coaching career at Chelsea and Liverpool
Beale was hired by Chelsea as a part-time youth coach for both their under-7s and under-9s teams.
After leaving his role at Chelsea, due to the lack of academy players reaching the first-team squad, he moved to Liverpool's coaching their academy sides. He initially coached the under-16s then took over the under-23s.
Beale's stint at Sao Paulo
Beale's first Rangers spell
However, the Gerrard era at Rangers didn't last long and during the following season Aston Villa brought him to the Premier League after Dean Smith was sacked.
Beale's first managerial roles
In the summer of 2022, Beale was offered his first major managerial role as the boss of Championship side Queens Park Rangers.
Beale's return to Rangers
Flop in the Championship with Sunderland
Beale was named Sunderland head coach on December 18, 2023.
The 43-year-old signed a contract until the summer of 2026 after he took over as the permanent successor to Tony Mowbray, who was sacked at the start of December following a poor run of results.
Beale took charge of Sunderland with the club seventh in the Championship and three points off the play-off places following a solid spell under interim boss Mike Dodds.
But Beale lasted two months in the role, losing his job just 12 games into his reign following successive Championship defeats to Huddersfield and Birmingham.
Beale walked into something of a storm on Wearside as fans disappointed by Mowbray’s departure and less than enamoured with his replacement vented their frustrations.
His suggestion that he was not liked by the supporters because he was a cockney did little to calm the waters, and results on the pitch did not help him either.
In all, he won only four of the games for which he was in the dugout and lost six, one of them a tame 3-0 home defeat by arch rivals Newcastle in the FA Cup third round.