Accrington Stanley have been fined by the FA after manager James Beattie's coaching qualifications fell below Football League regulations.

The 35-year-old has managed Accrington for eight months but doesn't hold a UEFA B licence that is required to coach in League One and Two.

All managers in the bottom two tiers of the Football League are required under regulation 40 to have a B licence and be working towards an A licence within three years of their appointment.

The rules also state that managers in the Championship and above have to hold a UEFA-A licence and be working towards a pro licence.

Accrington have 14 days to appeal against the fine and released the following statement:

"As of the date of the FDC hearing (Jan 2014), James Beattie had still not attended a relevant course or been able to confirm a place on a future course."

Stanley are currently in 18th position in League Two following victory over Cheltenham on Saturday.


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