Beattie named Leeds first-team coach

James Beattie

James Beattie scored seven goals in 27 games as a player-coach at Accrington before becoming manager in May 2013

Former Accrington Stanley manager James Beattie has been appointed first-team coach at Championship side Leeds.

Beattie was named Stanley boss in May 2013, before leaving the League Two club in September 2014, having won only 16 of his 58 games in charge.

The 38-year-old worked under Leeds boss Garry Monk as first-team coach at Swansea, but left the Swans in December following Monk’s dismissal.

“This club has got untold potential to be whatever it wants to be,” he said.

“It’s a huge club and I’m looking forward to the challenge ahead.”

Former striker Beattie made over 450 career appearances in spells with eight clubs including Southampton and Everton, and was capped five times by England.

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