Beattie: I turned down Far East offers ahead of Accrington Stanley move

JAMES Beattie has revealed that he turned down offers from France, Greece and the Far East in the period before his move to Accrington Stanley as player-coach.

Beattie has been described as Stanley’s biggest ever signing after joining the Reds on Friday, linking up with his former Blackburn Rovers team-mate Leam Richardson at the Crown Ground.

The 34-year-old did not sign in time to feature in Saturday’s 4-2 home defeat to Northampton in League Two but started his coaching role at the game and is expected to make his playing debut against Edgar Davids’ Barnet at Underhill on Friday.

Beattie had been without a club since leaving Sheffield United in the summer and says he did not feel the offers he received were quite right for him, before being tempted to join Stanley by the opportunity of a role that also involved coaching.

“It was definitely a factor in me coming,” said the former Southampton, Everton and England striker.

“Obviously I’ve known Leam a long while and I’m happy to come and cast my eye over things and help in any way I can.

“But primarily I’m here to play and I don’t see my career playing wise ending for a few years yet.

“There are a lot of professionals out of work at this time mainly due to the economy, money issues at clubs and budgets.

“Sometimes you don’t expect to be in the situation but you find yourself in it.

“It has been frustrating, at times annoying, but it is what it is and you’ve got to just deal with it.

“I’m here now, and I’m ecstatic to be here and can’t wait to get started.”

And Beattie added that he has had plenty of offers to continue his career elsewhere since he left Sheffield United in the summer.

“I spoke to a few clubs,” he added. “There were a few offers that were there, offers from abroad, but I didn’t feel that was right at this stage of my career.

“There were offers from France, Greece and a couple from the Far East, but I don’t want that just yet.

“I know I’ve got a lot to offer still and the aim is to get on the pitch, help the team climb the league and try to help them in their development as footballers.

“The willingness and the ambition to play football is definitely still there, it’s still a massive part of my life.

“I’ve been given the opportunity and on top of that there’s the added responsibility with the coaching.

“It’s something that we spoke about at length. I know Leam and the staff are happy to have me here and I’m delighted be here.”

Beattie has joined Stanley on an initial deal until January, and both parties say they will consider extending his stay if things go well.

“Yes, that’s something we’ve talked about,” said Beattie, who watched form the sidelines as Stanley conceded three goals in nine minutes to let a 2-1 lead slip on Saturday as they were beaten 4-2 by Northampton at the Crown Ground.

“We’ll see how it goes and how everyone feels after seven weeks, and re-address it.

“We didn’t get off to the best start on Saturday but they’re a young bunch, they were gutted in the dressing room.

“That’s understandable but it’s good to see that they’re disappointed and they want to be better.

“It’s a totally different angle for myself to be a player-coach.

“If I see anything it’s just pointing it out to Leam and probably doing a bit of work with the strikers and trying to help them along.”

Beattie added that he had already been impressed with the potential at Stanley – both on and off the football pitch.

“It’s a good dressing room, there’s a good spirit there which is vitally important,” added the former England international who collected five caps for his country.

“I’ve been in some great dressing rooms myself and I know how important it is.

“I just want to try to contribute to that as well and any points I do see, I did that at half time on Saturday.

“At 2-1 when Boco scored I thought we were going to push on and get a couple more maybe but with being a young bunch the equaliser shell-shocked them a little bit.

“We sort of stood still for five or 10 minutes and I think it really hit them hard.

“We need to be able to get over disappointments very quickly on the football field because as you saw the game will just swallow you up.”

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4:50pm Mon 12 Nov 12

Rovers75 says...

good luck Beatts
good luck Beatts Rovers75

6:06pm Mon 12 Nov 12

blueblooded says...

Great move, would love to see Stanley go up a level which Beattie should definitely bring your the team.
Great move, would love to see Stanley go up a level which Beattie should definitely bring your the team. blueblooded

11:26pm Mon 12 Nov 12

Road Runner Road Runner says...

Aye, I'm going with this for Beattie and Stanley......

Good luck.

Arte et labore
Aye, I'm going with this for Beattie and Stanley...... Good luck. Arte et labore Road Runner Road Runner

1:17am Tue 13 Nov 12

gaylegarnerkennedy says...

Yep course you did James, good luck to you though, bring on the Dingles
Yep course you did James, good luck to you though, bring on the Dingles gaylegarnerkennedy

2:25am Tue 13 Nov 12

Pommie Art says...

Beattie, has never done anything for nothing he has a very bad attitude in life, why do you all think he got a real snotting from Pulis when at Stoke.

so if you think he is doing any favors for Stanley forget it, as for him Turing down moves to France & other football teams the man is on cloud nine. as always beattie is full of verbal crap, its all about him & sod the rest. but when Stanley sack him he can do what he always does & blame everybody else.

It would have been good to be a fly on the wall in the showers when Tony Pulis Head Butted him right in the nose.
Beattie, has never done anything for nothing he has a very bad attitude in life, why do you all think he got a real snotting from Pulis when at Stoke. so if you think he is doing any favors for Stanley forget it, as for him Turing down moves to France & other football teams the man is on cloud nine. as always beattie is full of verbal crap, its all about him & sod the rest. but when Stanley sack him he can do what he always does & blame everybody else. It would have been good to be a fly on the wall in the showers when Tony Pulis Head Butted him right in the nose. Pommie Art

3:29pm Tue 13 Nov 12

BigOrra says...

Oh dear, toys out of pram, Pammie. Do cheer up
Oh dear, toys out of pram, Pammie. Do cheer up BigOrra

11:58pm Tue 13 Nov 12

Pommie Art says...

BigOrra

Oh dear, toys out of pram, Pammie. Do cheer up

Learn to Spell Moron, have you ever met this 2nd rate player i have on a couple of occasions & i can tell you he is on cloud nine full of Bull Sh1t.
I'm surprised you know the work Toys out of pram
BigOrra Oh dear, toys out of pram, Pammie. Do cheer up Learn to Spell Moron, have you ever met this 2nd rate player i have on a couple of occasions & i can tell you he is on cloud nine full of Bull Sh1t. I'm surprised you know the work Toys out of pram Pommie Art

9:18am Wed 14 Nov 12

BigOrra says...

Woops , you really are off on one. No, I think Pammie was the right spelling for you.
Woops , you really are off on one. No, I think Pammie was the right spelling for you. BigOrra

8:06pm Thu 15 Nov 12

Rovers75 says...

Pommie Art wrote:
Beattie, has never done anything for nothing he has a very bad attitude in life, why do you all think he got a real snotting from Pulis when at Stoke.

so if you think he is doing any favors for Stanley forget it, as for him Turing down moves to France & other football teams the man is on cloud nine. as always beattie is full of verbal crap, its all about him & sod the rest. but when Stanley sack him he can do what he always does & blame everybody else.

It would have been good to be a fly on the wall in the showers when Tony Pulis Head Butted him right in the nose.
chr1st, how angry are you?
[quote][p][bold]Pommie Art[/bold] wrote: Beattie, has never done anything for nothing he has a very bad attitude in life, why do you all think he got a real snotting from Pulis when at Stoke. so if you think he is doing any favors for Stanley forget it, as for him Turing down moves to France & other football teams the man is on cloud nine. as always beattie is full of verbal crap, its all about him & sod the rest. but when Stanley sack him he can do what he always does & blame everybody else. It would have been good to be a fly on the wall in the showers when Tony Pulis Head Butted him right in the nose.[/p][/quote]chr1st, how angry are you? Rovers75

8:14pm Thu 15 Nov 12

Pommie Art says...

Rovers75
Not selfish at all mate just honest, This bloke has been selfish all his football life. if he would have listened to managers he may have been a lot better player & also a better person
Rovers75 Not selfish at all mate just honest, This bloke has been selfish all his football life. if he would have listened to managers he may have been a lot better player & also a better person Pommie Art

5:29pm Fri 16 Nov 12

accstan says...

Well, listening to the interviews since Beattie signed for us he comes accross as a genuine bloke, Leam has known him for years & I don't think he would bring anyone in who's a prima donna - it just wouldn't work at Stanley, he's said it's not about the money & that is certainly true cos we don't have any - time will tell but right now it looks to be a brilliant move by Stanley
Well, listening to the interviews since Beattie signed for us he comes accross as a genuine bloke, Leam has known him for years & I don't think he would bring anyone in who's a prima donna - it just wouldn't work at Stanley, he's said it's not about the money & that is certainly true cos we don't have any - time will tell but right now it looks to be a brilliant move by Stanley accstan

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