We had the pleasure of talking to former Blues U23 coach Richard Beale on his career, nurturing the likes of Nathan Redmond, Demarai Gray, and Jude Bellingham, his time working under Dong Ren, and his overall thoughts of the club as a lifelong Bluenose.
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Beale coached the Under-23s and Under-21s for eight seasons, becoming Blues' Senior Professional Development Coach. He joined Blues in 2003 and worked his way up through the Academy ranks throughout 17 years at the club. Beale was instrumental in the development of players like Nathan Redmond and Demarai Gray as they emerged via the Club's youth system.