Leeds United fans show their approval on Twitter after James Beattie appointment

Accrington Stanley manager James Beattie

Beattie was named as the club's first-team coach on Friday.

Accrington Stanley manager James Beattie

Leeds United announced on Friday afternoon that former England striker James Beattie has joined Garry Monk's coaching staff as the club's new first-team coach.

Monk has already brought in his assistant from Swansea City, Pep Clotet, to aid his efforts at Elland Road and now Beattie, who also worked as part of Monk's staff at the Liberty Stadium, has also followed the former defender to Yorkshire.

Though Beattie has not been in coaching for long - he managed Accrington Stanley for 16 months before joining Swansea - he has a great deal of experience in football to draw upon for his new role.


The 38-year-old played 498 competitive senior games in a 17-year professional career for clubs including Southampton, Everton, and Rangers, as well as winning five England caps in 2003 under Sven-Goran Eriksson.

Accrington Stanley Manager James Beattie

Beattie's addition is likely to complete Monk's coaching staff as Leeds look to finally get some stability in the dugout after a string of short-lived managers.

Whites supporters on Twitter seemed largely positive about the move to bring in Beattie, and there were even some tongue-in-cheek calls for the veteran to dust off his boots and lead the line.













Accrington Stanley manager James Beattie

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