Date: 23rd July 2014 at 2:58pm
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Manager James Beattie has said he’s relishing the stroll down memory lane that Blackburn Rovers will provide when they visit the Store First Stadium for a friendly.

The former England international was a Rovers fan before he entered their youth system, and worked his way through the levels to to professional ranks and he’s now got the opportunity to face them as a manager.

Speaking to the Official Site ahead of the game, the gaffer explained.

‘Everyone’s looking forward to Blackburn coming and so am I, being a Blackburn lad and having had my first season ticket there when I was seven. It’s a surreal situation for me to be managing Accrington Stanley and having Blackburn come down for a pre season game!’

With his own memories involving a Vimto can talked about in the interview, Beattie goes on to talk about the game more and admits it’s massive for Stanley on every front.

‘The main thing is to get a lot fitness work for the players out of the game, and we know they’ll be tough opposition but the financial side of it is huge. Hopefully we can generate some from the fans coming down, it’s a local derby and hopefully they’ll want to come down to watch their team.’

Of course any financial boost will be welcome because Beattie still has decisions to make when it comes to trialists still with us, and some of those could feature in the game as well, so the more money we have the more he can maybe tweak his budgets to suit.

‘I suppose the longer they stay they more chance they have of getting a deal but money’s tight and I’ve got a budget to stick to. The lads we already have are of a standard and they need to come in and impress. There’s a bit of pressure on them, which some find a hindrance, and others use to their advantage – whatever the lads do they’ll need to make the team and squad better.’

Beattie again admits that telling anybody, especially young lads, that they haven’t made the grade and aren’t what he’s looking for is the worst part of this job, but with one summer behind him he knows he can’t let that get in the way because ultimately he has a responsibility to the players under contract and to the club and fans first and foremost so he can’t be sentimental if somebody isn’t what he feels we need.