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Leeds United may talk to former Accrington boss James Beattie

Football's a funny old game so they say and the Leeds United managerial saga never fails to surprise. James Beattie, who only left struggling Accrington Stanley on Friday by 'mutual consent' is in the frame according to reports from Yorkshire for the Elland Road hot seat.

The 36-year-old stepped down after seeing his side win just one of their opening six games this season, despite leading his side to a 3-2 victory over Tranmere Rovers last weekend.

Beattie, who was capped five times for England, is now on the lookout for a new job, and could take the reigns at Elland Road after Dave Hockaday was sacked in late August.

Former Whites stars Robbie Fowler and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink are also in the running, but Massimo Cellino could now turn to Beattie to fill the vacancy.

Speaking in the wake of his departure from Accrington, Beattie declared: "It is with a hugely heavy heart that I decided to end this journey.

"I can never fully repay the faith and backing I got from the players, my staff and of course the fans who always gave me 100 per cent.

"I thank them from the bottom of my heart for granting me the opportunity and privilege to be part of your unique club."

Beattie guided Accrington to a fairly safe position last term after looking like relegation certainties at one time - despite one of the lowest wage bills in the league and he has plenty of admirers.


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