Date: 16th June 2015 at 8:02pm
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Swansea City have appointed former England and Southampton striker James Beattie as a first team attacking coach.

The 37 year-old joins Kristian O’Leary and Alan Curtis as part of the first team coaching setup and will coach the club’s forwards as Monk looks to ‘improve all areas of the first team environment’.

After spells with 8 different clubs, including a 7-year spell at Southampton and winning 5 caps for England, Beattie had a brief spell as manager of League 2 side Accrington Stanley but left after just 6 games into the 2014/15 season.

Garry Monk knows Beattie from his early playing days at Southampton and he told the Official Site about some of the qualities he’ll bring to the squad.

“James will come in as a first-team coach alongside Kristian O`Leary and Alan Curtis, but will be given specific responsibility to work on a technical level with our attacking players,’

“I`ve known James for a long time. He is intelligent, has a great knowledge of the game from his experiences as a player, coach and manager; plus he thinks about the game in the same way as myself.

“He has some bright ideas and, despite already having a fantastic knowledge of the game, he is still looking to learn at every opportunity.

“I`m constantly trying to create and improve all areas of the first team environment with young, talented and up-and-coming staff. That`s not just the playing squad, but the backroom staff as well.

“James fits that criteria perfectly and with the experience he`s gained over the years, I`m sure the players will benefit greatly by tapping into his knowledge.’

 
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