A familiar face will be directing orders from the opposition dugout when Everton travel to the Store First Stadium on Wednesday evening.
While managerial changes were taking place at Goodison Park during the summer, a coaching reshuffle was also in full swing at Accrington Stanley, who the Blues face in their second friendly of pre-season.
The new man appointed to lead the League Two outfit is former Toffees forward James Beattie, a scorer of 15 goals during a two-and-a-half year stay on Merseyside.
The 35-year-old has made the plunge into management after replacing former boss Leam Richardson, who left his position at Stanley after guiding the club to an 18th place finish last season.
Beattie spent the second half of last season with Accrington, scoring seven goals to ensure they preserved their Football League status for another year.
Everton coach Alan Stubbs, a former teammate of Beattie from their time together at Goodison Park, has backed the ex-Southampton and Sheffield United forward to have an equally as positive influence now that he is the main man at the Lancashire club.
Beattie, who will retain his players' registration, has targeted promotion to League One this coming season – and Stubbs says the former England international’s colourful character will help him to succeed in his new challenge.
“Beatts was a laugh a minute guy, very jovial and liked to play a trick on people,” Stubbs told evertonfc.com. “But he did have a serious side and I’m thrilled for him [to get the job].
“It’s a great opportunity for him to dip his toes in the water in the management side. I’m hoping he can do really well and hopefully we will be able to help him down the line.
“He is quite a clever lad and a bit of a thinker, as well as liking the joking side of football.”
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