BEAT­TIE FACT FILE

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Born: Born: Lan­caster, 1978 (Age 35) Play­ing ca­reer: A tal­ented swim­mer as a school­boy, Beat­tie reached No.2 in the coun­try be­for e a shoul­der in­jury forced him to choose foot­ball.

Spotted play­ing for his school, he signed for Black­burn aged 15 and made his de­but in 1996, mak­ing four ap­pear­ances be­fore leav­ing to join Southamp­ton in 1998.

Beat­tie spent seven years at Saints, scor­ing 68 goals in 204 games and win­ning five Eng­land caps be­fore a £6m move to Ever­ton in 2005.

How­ever, he scored just 13 goals in thr ee sea­sons at Goodison and was sold to Cham­pi­onship side Sh­effield United for £4m.

Back on the goal trail once mor e, he net­ted 34 times in 64 games to ear n a move back to the Pre­mer League with Stoke.

Though he sub­se­quently scored seven goals in his first 16 games, a r ow with man­ager Tony Pulis saw him leave to join Rangers in 2010.

His stay at Ibrox yielded no goals, as did a loan spell with Black­pool and a brief r eturn to Sh­effield United.

In 2013, Beat­tie joined League Two Ac­cring­ton Stan­ley. Man­age­rial ca­reer: Ap­pointed player-coach by Stan­ley boss Leam Richard­son, Beat­tie scored seven times in 27 games.

And when Richard­son left to be­come as­sis­tant to Paul Cook at Ch­ester­field in May 2013, Beat­tie was ap­pointed man­ager.

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