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I'll meet the challenge head on

19 August 2020

Owls assistant manager James Beattie is looking forward to his new challenge after joining the set-up at Hillsborough alongside coach Andrew Hughes and goalkeeping coach Darryl Flahavan.

Wednesday returned to full training at Middlewood Road this week and former England striker Beattie is happy with what he has seen so far.

Speaking exclusively with swfc.co.uk, Beattie said: “I’m really pleased to be here to try and help the team and help the lads develop. I’ll meet the challenge head on.

“It’s been a good first few days and the lads have been working hard, we’re looking forward to the challenge.

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“We’ve been getting to know the lads and getting to know their characters, I think that’s really important.

“We’ve been training in small groups, which is what the manager and the players liked when coming out of lockdown.

“It’s more weighted towards the physical output, with some technical drills thrown in, then we’ll try and bring the groups together more towards the end of this week.”

Beattie has enjoyed a long term working relationship with manager Garry Monk, with the two having played and coached alongside each other for a number of years, and the assistant spoke of their dynamic.

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He added: “I can speak freely in front of Garry. I have my own opinions about the game and I think he wants that on his staff.

“But when the decision is made by him, we’re all behind him. He’s the one who makes the decisions, he’s the boss.

“It’s about getting the ideas of the gaffer into them and making it clear. A lot of enthusiasm, energy and attention to detail that we’ll need to hit the ground running.”


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