Bentley proud of team

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MORECAMBE boss Jim Bentley believes his side can be proud of their achievements this season.

The Shrimps ended on a low note with four defeats in the final six games of the campaign but Bentley feels his side have a lot to build on for next season.

After an eventful first year in charge, Bentley said: “At the start of the year we set ourselves a number of targets to make sure we improved on last season.

“We have got more points, scored more goals, conceded fewer goals and kept more clean sheets and we have to be proud of that fact.

“We have got a squad together that has a real togetherness about it and is doing their all for me and the job now is to look where we can strengthen to make sure we are ready for the challenge next season.”

Bentley will meet his players this week to review the season together and also let the out of contract players know who will be offered a new deal and who will be released.

It is something he admits he is not looking forward to.

He said: “It is one of the hardest jobs you have to do as a manager and it is not a nice thing to do. You have to do it because you have no choice.

If you want to bring people in you have to let some good people go, and it is tough.

“I have identified several targets already and I have spoken to quite a few.

“I am very hopeful that we will have some news pretty soon.

“We know the areas where we want to strengthen.

“We have made contact ith a number of players with several looking very promising.

“It is a fine balancing act because you have to try and make sure you don’t rush into anything or hold on too late and miss out on some good players but again it is all part of the job that you have to contend with.

“It is important that we get the right players in because I have no doubt that next season League 2 will be stronger than ever.

“Four strong teams are coming down, two big clubs will be coming up and I can’t see clubs like Plymouth and Bradford struggling again.

“We will have a tight budget to work to, like a lot of clubs, so we have to make sure we get things right to get the squad we need.”