Beattie cool on Oxford United job

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JAMES Beattie has distanced himself from the Oxford United job after becoming the favourite with bookmakers.

The 35-year-old has steered minnows Accrington Stanley away from the Sky Bet League Two relegation zone so far in his first season as a manager.

Beattie, who does not yet have a UEFA B licence, which is required to manage in the division, has topped the betting markets for several days.

But when questioned about the rumours yesterday, the former Everton and England striker reiterated his commitment to Stanley.

He said: “There’s been no official approach from anybody. I’ve spoken to the boys. My commitment is to them and it has been from day one.”.

NEXT OXFORD BOSS Best odds.

2-1 James Beattie, 7-2 Mickey Lewis, 12-1 Kevin Keen, 14-1 Robbie Fowler, 16-1 Dave Penney, Martin Allen, 25-1 others.

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8:06am Thu 13 Feb 14

1willowsj says...

Honestly, all I ask is that ML isn't appointed! Yes, he already knows the players and no undoubtedly would be cheaper.

But come on! Would show such a lack of ambition...
Honestly, all I ask is that ML isn't appointed! Yes, he already knows the players and no undoubtedly would be cheaper. But come on! Would show such a lack of ambition... 1willowsj
  • Score: 9

12:46pm Thu 13 Feb 14

Manor Born says...

My money is that it'll be ML until the end of the season...
My money is that it'll be ML until the end of the season... Manor Born
  • Score: 0

12:55pm Thu 13 Feb 14

Dolly76 says...

Manor Born wrote:
My money is that it'll be ML until the end of the season...
I agree, and if the results continue much as they have done and are home form keeps improving then that is likely to be the case.
[quote][p][bold]Manor Born[/bold] wrote: My money is that it'll be ML until the end of the season...[/p][/quote]I agree, and if the results continue much as they have done and are home form keeps improving then that is likely to be the case. Dolly76
  • Score: 3

2:06pm Fri 14 Feb 14

adlibber says...

Baffled why Beattie is favourite - it's not that difficult to pull a team away from the lowest league's relegation zone? If Accrington were pushing for promotion I'd understand it. Lewis is not the answer 1 win in 4 against teams in lower half of league isn't particularly impressive. This is a very risky situation for Lenagan and I don't envy him, but he deserves credit for the way he handled Wilder.
Baffled why Beattie is favourite - it's not that difficult to pull a team away from the lowest league's relegation zone? If Accrington were pushing for promotion I'd understand it. Lewis is not the answer 1 win in 4 against teams in lower half of league isn't particularly impressive. This is a very risky situation for Lenagan and I don't envy him, but he deserves credit for the way he handled Wilder. adlibber
  • Score: -1

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