Morecambe Appoint Jim Bentley As Manager

Paul Smith by Paul Smith / 13 May 2011, 15:49

Morecambe have today announced that captain Jim Bentley has become their new manager on a two-year deal. Bentley had been installed as the 2/1 favourite with Victor Chandler to become the next Morecambe manager after Sammy McIlroy left the club on Monday by mutual consent. At 34 Bentley becomes one of the youngest managers in the football league.

Bentley will have the summer to bring together his backing staff and coaching staff as the club look to improve on this season's disappointing finish. League Two Morecambe ended the 2010/11 season just four points above the relegation zone in 20th position, and as a result decided to part ways with Sammy McIlroy who had been at the club since 2005. Bentley's appointment as Morecambe manager will be seen as a gamble by many due to his lack of managerial experience. However, others will argue that he is a natural born leader who will take to the job like a duck to water.

The defender started his career as a trainee at Manchester City, before joining Telford United in 1997. In 2002 he joined Morecambe, and has since made 329 appearances for the club, scoring 34 goals. He will hope he can transfer his wealth of playing experiencing into his new role as manager and push the club foreword next season.

Sky Bet have Morecambe at long odds of 40/1 to win League Two next season.

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