Beattie delivers Toffees jibe
James Beattie has slammed his former side Everton, for the way manager David Moyes managed his move away from the club.
By Pete Allison
Last Updated: 29/09/07 12:38pm
Sheffield United striker James Beattie has slammed his former side Everton, for the way manager David Moyes managed his move away from the club.
The 29-year-old completed his switch from Goodsion Park to the Championship side in a £4 million deal this summer, and Beattie says he unjustifiably became The Toffees' 'Mr Nobody'.
The striker bagged just two goals in 33 appearances for Everton last season, but since making the move to Bramall Lane, has been in blistering form, netting seven times in seven appearances.
Beattie told The Daily Telegraph: "I just wanted to play for somebody who wanted me.
'I wanted to stay'
"Moyes said, 'I have accepted a bid from Sheffield United. I think it's time you moved on.' I wanted to stay and prove him wrong.
"But, he made it clear in no uncertain terms that I wasn't going to play. I would have liked closure but it was left as 'you're off, see you later'.
"I tried my best but wasn't getting a look-in. Coming from being the club's top scorer the year before to being Mr Nobody, and fifth in the pecking order for no apparent reason, was pretty harsh."
Beattie's choice to take a step down in divisions was deemed as curious by many, but the former-Southampton attacker still maintains his ambition to break into the national side, for whom he has made five appearances.
"I have not dismissed any chances of getting back into the squad," he revealed.
"I will just concentrate on playing well for Sheffield, and if my opportunity comes I will be there on merit.
"I know I am good enough to do a job. When I played for England I hit the bar in one game. If that had gone in, I could have gone on a goalscoring run and things could have been different."