Plenty of Leeds United fans were unhappy with Garry Monk after he decided to leave the club after just one season at the helm, but his colleague James Beattie has received a different reaction.
The former Southampton player joined Monk’s coaching team at the start of last season following the ex-Swansea City man’s appointment.
The 39-year-old was a popular figure at Elland Road as he helped improve striker Chris Wood, who ended the Championship campaign with 27 goals.
New head coach Thomas Christiansen has been working on bringing in his own backroom team, and as expected, Beattie has followed Monk out of the door.
He will now rejoin his colleague at Middlesbrough, but before embarking on his new role, Beattie penned a farewell note to the Leeds fans.
— James Beattie (@1jamesbeattie) June 22, 2017
Rather than lambaste Beattie for leaving the club, many of the Whites’ following expressed their gratitude on Twitter.
Some wished him luck at his new job at the Riverside, but their tunes will change when the two clubs go head to head in the Championship this season.
Enjoy the new life James!
— waccoe (@WACCOE) June 22, 2017
thanks for turning Chris Wood into what he is today!
— Joe Hugill (@Joe_Hugill_F1) June 22, 2017
All the best James see you back at elland road in November but don't go thinking your getting 3 points ?
— Catherine Coates (@kittycatalaw) June 22, 2017
All the best James.
— Matty James (@MJDLUFC95) June 22, 2017
Good look at Boro @1jamesbeattie, just not against the Mighty Whites ?
— Darran Paul (@DarranPaul) June 22, 2017
All the very best to you and Pep James you worked wonders with Woody and for that alone we're grateful.
Good luck in the future ???
— Colin Carmichael (@ColinCarmichae2) June 22, 2017
Thanks for everything James.
— FionaCK (@FionaCK) June 22, 2017
Sad to see you and @pepclotet leave, Good Luck to you both! MOT
— Steve Gaughan (@s90rny) June 22, 2017
Cheers James. Nice words. Good luck in the future #lufc
— Sam Clark (@samclark1986) June 22, 2017
Good luck Beatts. Hoped to see you lads at the club for the long haul but just wasn't to be. All the best. #MOT
— Josh Crawford (@josh_crawford89) June 22, 2017