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Season Preview: Morecambe

26 July 2019

We continue our 2019/20 season preview by featuring Jim Bentley's Morecambe
 
Nickname : The Shrimps
 
Stadium : The Globe Arena
 
Capacity : 6,476
 
Round Trip From The Moss Rose : 156.0 miles
 
Last Season : 18th
 
 
The Shrimps retain their annual status as one of the bookies' favourites for relegation this term - yet that will not faze Jim Bentley as he is now a seasoned professional at creating hard-working, tenacious sides on a limited budget.
 
Although the Lancashire outfit toyed with relegation for large parts of the last campaign, a good run of form towards it's conclusion took them well away from the drop-zone and ultimately, would finish thirteen points above it.
 
There has been an array of transfer activity at The Globe Arena over the summer and there is little doubt that Morecambe will be a hard side to beat once again this time around.
 
 
 
The Gaffer - Jim Bentley
 
Jim has been in charge of Morecambe since July 2011, having previously been a player and player-coach with The Shrimps before taking the manager's role.
 
Bentley is currently the longest serving Manager in the EFL, having been in the hot-seat for almost nine years - his closest competitor being Wycombe’s Gareth Ainsworth who has been in his role over a year less than the Morecambe boss.
 
The 43-year-old has been in charge of The Shrimps for over four hundred matches to date, accumulating an average of 1.14 points per game during his spell at the Globe Arena.
 
After narrowly avoiding relegation in 2018, Bentley looked to steady the ship somewhat last time around and a late surge in results proved to be welcome relief for the Lancashire-based side.
 
Before taking the Morecambe job on a full-time basis, Bentley had been player-coach at the club during the 2010/11 season, narrowly helping The Shrimps avoid relegation with a twenty-first place finish which saw former Macc manager Sammy McIlroy replaced by Bentley on a permanent basis.
 
During his playing days Liverpool-born defender only represented two clubs - starting his career at Telford United before moving to Morecambe in 2002 where he would stay until his retirement in July 2012.
 
 
He is rightly regarded as a club legend by the Morecambe fanbase and there is no doubt that the loyalty that he has shown the club is something which is to be admired.
 
Jim led The Shrimps to fifteenth place in the league during his first season as manager - a dramatic improvement on previous seasons where flirtations with the drop-zone were experienced all too regularly.
 
His best placing with the Shrimps side was an eleventh place finish during the 2014/15 season - accumulating a respectable 63 points along the way.
 
However, Morecambe’s lowest finish during his reign actually occurred the following season, as they could only manage twenty-first place - amassing just 46 points.
 
Despite this, there is no doubt that Bentley is one of the most respected figures in the EFL. This is not only as a result of his fervent loyalty, but it also stems from the fact that he consistently produces sides which defy all the odds.
 
 
Transfer Dealings.
 
Out - Adam Campbell, Vadaine Oliver, David Szczenpaniak, James Sinclair, Ben Hedle, Liam Mandeville, Ebou Adams, Zak Mills, Andy Fleming (retired).
 
In - Andy Cook, Aidan Stone, Nicky Maynard
 
 
 
Our Last Meeting.
 
Morecambe visited the Moss Rose back in April, as Sol Campbell's men continued their relegation fight by picking up another precious point.
 
Zak Mills put the visitors ahead in the 26th minute, as he latched onto a loose ball before venomously firing the ball past Kieran O'Hara.
 
Their lead lasted just seven minutes however, as Elliott Durrell restored parity with a clinical strike having been put through by Scott Wilson.
 
 
Our Next Meetings.
 
Home - Tuesday 20th August
 
Away - Tuesday 11th February

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