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Davis On Beattie

3 September 2013

Crewe boss says former England man will be learning a lot on the job

Steve Davis has praised the relatively new boss at Accrington Stanley for the job he is doing under difficult circumstances. James Beattie, the former Everton, Rangers, Southampton and England striker is now in the hot seat at Accrington Stanley with the tough assignment of keeping the club in the Football Club. Stanley escaped the drop last season, with our current player Lee Molyneux playing a major part in that during the run-in.

Ahead of tonight’s meeting in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy, Steve said: “Accrington are always a club up against us because of the finances, but they have a great spirit and work ethic there. They give everything they have on and off the pitch.

“It has been a tough introduction to management for James (Beattie) but he would have learnt so much already. It will be a challenge but one he has immersed himself in and I am sure they will turn things around.

“They have had a tough start but a cup tie can be a good release for them. We are hoping it will be for us. They have already won at Middlesborough in the League Cup so we know they have the potential to cause an upset.

“In some ways it is a pressure free game for both of us and the players will enjoy it. We want to see an improvement in performance from us and make sure we are through to the next round. James has got Accrington playing more football so it should be an entertaining cup tie. “


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