James Beattie

First Team Manager & Coach

  • Date Joined: 16th May 2016
A hugely positive and self-motivated football manager who has made the successful transition into management following a 17 year career as a professional player, applying lessons learned on the pitch to guide teams to sustainable success

Possesses a tenacious work ethic and desire to continually improve, fostering a collective vision throughout every level of a club that is fully focused on exceeding expectations to be the best that you can be

Has built a vast network of contacts within the game over the course of his playing and managerial career, a network that can be utilised for the benefit of a club as part of its recruitment strategy and when exploring commercial opportunities

An enthusiastic and disciplined professional who excels in high pressure environments while building cost effective teams that are capable of competing at the required level, using experience playing under managers including Gordon Strachan, David Moyes and Roy Hodgson in the coordination of on and off field responsibilities
James Beattie


  • UEFA: A Licence

    A Licence

  • UEFA: B Licence

    B Licence

  • League Managers Association: Diploma in Management Course

    League Managers Association
    Diploma in Management Course

  • The Football Association: Level 2 Coaching Award

    The Football Association
    Level 2 Coaching Award

Career History

  • Leeds United FC

    Leeds United FC
    First Team Coach
    2016 – Present

  • Swansea City AFC

    Swansea City AFC
    First Team Coach
    2015 – 2015

  • Accrington Stanley FC

    Accrington Stanley FC
    First Team Manager
    2013 – 2014

  • Accrington Stanley FC

    Accrington Stanley FC
    2012 – 2013

  • Sheffield United FC

    Sheffield United FC
    2011 – 2012

  • Rangers FC

    Rangers FC
    2010 – 2011

  • Stoke City FC

    Stoke City FC
    2009 – 2010

  • Sheffield United FC

    Sheffield United FC
    2007 – 2009

  • Everton FC

    Everton FC
    2005 – 2007

  • England

    International Player
    2003 – 2003

  • Southampton FC

    Southampton FC
    1998 – 2005

  • Blackburn Rovers FC

    Blackburn Rovers FC
    1995 – 1998

Key Achievements

  • Improved Accrington Stanley’s league positon by three places from the 2012/13 season to the 2013/14 season
  • Beat Championship side Middlesbrough FC 2-1 in the first round of the 2013/14 League Cup
  • Reduced the playing budget to £476k before leaving the club while still maintaining competitiveness
  • Played a key role in ensuring the club’s academy passed their EPPP audit, enhancing own knowledge in this area

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