STANLEY EXIT TO SPARK BEATTIE BIDS?
MYSTERY surrounds the destination of James Beattie after he walked away from Accrington with Leeds and Blackpool both said to want the former Southampton striker – and Carlisle United also keen.
The 36-year-old, left, stepped down from his position at the League Two club at 7pm on Friday, before Stanley’s vital match with AFC Wimbledon.
He left with “a heavy heart” but The Football League Paper understands he is unlikely to be out of work for long.
Leeds, who parted with Dave Hockaday late last month, are reported to want to speak with the five-time capped ex-England forward, who has done a remarkable job at troubled Stanley with finances tight.
Beattie’s former club Blackpool have also noticed the job he has done on a shoestring budget and see him as a perfect firefighter to keep the troubled Lancashire club in the Championship should Jose Riga leave, as seems increasingly likely.
The main selling point of a return to Bloomfield Road would be the lack of need for him to uproot his family.
Should he not land either role, Carlisle may pounce – the Cumbrians are without a boss after parting company with Graham Kavanagh two weeks ago.
A source said: “It could be a case of ‘take your pick’ for James. The job he has done in really difficult and testing circumstance at Accrington is known throughout football. He has got his hands dirty and he is well-regarded.”
On his exit, Beattie said:“I can never fully repay the faith and backing I got from the players, my staff and of course the fans. They always gave me 100 per cent. I thank them for granting me the opportunity and privilege to be a part of a unique club.”