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Confirmed: Leeds sign ex-England international

By Will Butcher

Garry Monk has continued his shake-up at Elland Road by appointing former Accrington Stanley manager James Beattie as his first-team coach.

Beattie, who has been capped five times by England, worked under Monk at Swansea until he was sacked last December.

The 38-year-old will join the coaching staff at Elland Road working alongside Monk and assistant manager Pep Clotet.

Beattie’s arrival at Leeds coincides with the signing of Kyle Bartley on a season-long loan, as well as the departure of Giuseppe Bellusci to Serie A side Empoli.

“I’m delighted to be here,” Beattie told the official Leeds website. “It’s a huge club and I’m looking forward to the challenge ahead.

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“I’ve worked with Garry and Pep before and I know how they work with the high standards and the values that they’ll bring to the club.”

Beattie moved into coaching after a highly successful playing career that saw him make a total of 498 appearances for the likes of Southampton, Blackburn and Everton, scoring 142 goals.

He spent a year as manager of Accrington Stanley in League Two, before becoming a coach at the Liberty Stadium under Monk.

Beattie takes over just as pre-season gets underway at Elland Road, and identified the quality of Monk’s young squad.

He declared: “This club has got untold potential to be whatever it wants to be, and we see that as a challenge.

“We’ve got a young squad that we are looking forward to developing, coaching and providing guidance. We need to get them playing in the right way and try to help everyone create something really special.”

In other Leeds news, Monk is deciding whether to offload this Danish international.