Former Sheffield United and Wednesday man James Beattie lands new coaching job at Wigan Athletic

James Beattie, the former Sheffield United striker and Sheffield Wednesday coach, has been appointed as Leam Richardson's assistant manager at Wigan Athletic.

Friday, 25th June 2021, 12:37 pm
James Beattie has previous experience of both Sheffield clubs (Pete Norton/Getty Images)
James Beattie has previous experience of both Sheffield clubs (Pete Norton/Getty Images)

Beattie, who was United’s record signing for a long while after joining from Everton, scored 34 goals in 80 games for the Blades across two spells before joining Wednesday as Garry Monk’s assistant last season, leaving Hillsborough when Monk was sacked after three months.

He played with Wigan boss Richardson at Accrington Stanley, later replacing him as manager, and also has coaching experience at Swansea City, Leeds United, Birmingham City and Middlesbrough under Monk.

“Beattie will help provide Latics with a plethora of football knowledge through his coaching and experiences as a professional footballer,” a statement confirming his appointment read.

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“Beattie played over 400 league games in his decorated career for the likes of Blackburn Rovers, Southampton, and England, scoring 130 goals, and making five caps for England in the process.”