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Beattie keen to get back into dugout.

FORMER Everton striker James Beattie is determined to get back into management following his colourful spell at Accrington Stanley.

Beattie says he interviewed for the vacancies at Sky Bet League Two clubs Burton and Mansfield earlier this season and has not been put off by his failure to land either job.

The 36-year-old spent time at West Brom to assess training when Alan Irvine was manager there and he did the same at Swansea last week, where his former Southampton team-mate and great friend Garry Monk is in charge.

"My time at Accrington has made me more determined to be a manager," said the five-times capped Beattie, who scored over 140 goals in an 18-year playing career which took in Southampton, Everton, Sheffield United and Stoke among others. "I applied for the Burton and Mansfield jobs I was told by experienced managers it was quite good to be interviewed for both of them."

Beattie was appointed Accrington manager in May 2013 and endeared himself to the Accrington fans as he found the club a new training base following their nomadic existence on council pitches, negotiated hotel deals on away days, paid for a youth team coach to get to games and picked up dog mess from the training ground. He even paid Accrington's tax bill.

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Jan 22, 2015
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