Striker kids ended Beattie's Everton time
"If they'd not been playing so well then James would have probably played more football and his confidence would probably have been a bit higher than it is.
"I'm disappointed that things didn't work out for James, I've known James for a very long time and I honestly hoped and thought that things would have worked out for him and I think it's probably best for James to move on at this time.
"I'm talking as someone who knows him well as a person not just as assistant manager of Everton.
"I will contact him and will wish him all the best and continue to follow his career until he finishes in football."