James Beattie Departs Accrington Stanleyby Mick Bates / 12 September 2014, 18:41Tweet
After 16 months in charge of Accrington Stanley former England striker James Beattie has parted ways with the League Two Club by the ever popular "mutual consent". Beattie took over the managerial duties at the club following the departure of Liam Richardson in May 2013. He leaves the club sitting in the 21st spot in the League Two table on just four points from six games played.
Ironically Stanley recorded their first win of the season last weekend and climbed off the bottom spot when they beat Tranmere Rovers 3-2 at home. However so far this season supporters have witnessed the sides exit from the League Cup and the Johnstone's Paint Trophy.
Paul Stephenson who was Beattie's assistant will take on the role of caretaker for Saturdays home fixture against AFC Wimbledon.
At present Stephonson leads the betting to be the next Accrington Stanley manager at evens, also in the frame at this early stage are John Coleman and former Leeds United manager Dave Hockaday.