Stanley give Beattie the job

James Beattie has been appointed as Accrington's first-team manager with immediate effect.

Stanley have been without a manager since Leam Richardson left to join former boss Paul Cook at Chesterfield at the end of April.

Former Southampton, Everton and Stoke striker Beattie, who joined the club as a player in November, will be officially unveiled at a press conference on Tuesday morning.

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