League Two - New Accrington boss Beattie dares to dream

Former England striker James Beattie is targeting promotion after landing his first managerial appointment at Accrington.

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The 35-year-old was named as Leam Richardson's successor on Monday evening, having being brought to the League Two club by his one-time Blackburn team-mate as a player/coach last November.

Beattie scored seven goals in 27 appearances as Stanley secured their Football League status for another season, only for the feel-good factor to be dampened at the end of last month when Richardson left to become Paul Cook's assistant at Chesterfield.

The outgoing manager left a glowing reference on Beattie's manner around the dressing room with a young squad and the ex-Southampton, Everton and Stoke man prevailed following interviews with seven candidates, including former long-serving Stanley boss John Coleman.

And with the security of a two-year contract, Beattie wants a tilt at the third tier next term.

"We all believe that we're going to be successful and the aim is to get promoted," he said. "I'm not going to say it isn't because it is.

"I'll be utilising everything within my power and my network of friends.

"It's all right me saying that, people might say 'he's dreaming', but I think you've got to aim high.

"That's the ultimate goal and everyone will know that's what we're going for."

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