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Mon, 13 May 2013 18:35:00

James Beattie has been appointed manager of Accrington Stanley.

The former England striker replaces Leam Richardson, who left the League two club at the end of the season to join the Chesterfield coaching staff.

It is 35-year-old Beattie's first job in management and comes just six months after he joined Stanley as a player-coach.

A statement on the club's website said the new manager will face the press on Tuesday, and there was no immediate announcement on whether Beattie will continue playing.

Craddock's move will officially go through when his contract at the U's expires on July 1.

The 26-year-old arrives at Fratton Park with an impressive goal record, having netted 28 goals for Oxford and 34 for Luton in the last four seasons.

"If you want to be promoted from one league to another then you have to bring in goalscorers and that's what we have got with Tom," Pompey boss Guy Whittingham told the club's official website.

"He's a player that has a good ratio and we believe, along with a couple more players we are trying to bring in, he will do well for us.

"I've watched Tom and he has a great work ethic. If he is not scoring goals he will keep going and be a right pest to defenders in League Two."

Craddock is looking forward to his move to the south coast and added: "Despite being born in the north-east, a member of my family is from Portsmouth so I know a lot about them. I also played with Simon Eastwood and he told me I could not be joining a better club and what a great one it was to play for.

"It excites me greatly that, if we are doing well, we are likely to be playing in front of 15,000-plus crowds, which is phenomenal for League Two and just about sums the club up.

"Obviously the manager has brought me down to score goals. I've pretty much done that regularly and hopefully I can bring them here as well."

Sweden, who topped the fair play rankings, Norway and Finland have each been granted additional places in the Europa League's first qualifying round.

Scotland were in fifth place in the whole of Europe, just behind Holland, while England were in ninth, Wales 10th, Northern Ireland 12th, and the Republic of Ireland 18th.

Of the major footballing nations in Europe, Turkey finished with the worst fair play record.

The rankings are made by the UEFA delegates on criteria such as positive play, respect for the opposition and for the referee, behaviour of the crowd and of the team officials, as well as cautions and dismissals.

Defender Hollis, who made six first-team appearances this season, has agreed a three-year deal, while midfielders Tempest and Thompson and striker Waite have signed two-year contracts.

Tempest, Thompson and Waite were included in matchday squads during the last month of the campaign.

Hollis, Tempest and Thompson came through the youth ranks at Meadow Lane, while Waite was signed from non-league Ilkeston in January 2012.

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