Bentley set for biggest challenge of career

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Morecambe boss Jim Bentley says he is set for the biggest challenge of his career to date as he starts preparations for next season.

With a cut in his playing budget and the loss of experienced players such as Nick Fenton and Will Haining already confirmed Bentley admits his third season in charge will be the toughest one he has had so far.

But also says he is ready for the challenge.

He said: “There is no doubt it is going to be tough because we will have one of the smallest budgets in the Football League and we may lose a few more players yet.

“But at the same time I am looking forward to it in many ways.

“I’ve always liked a challenge in life and this is going to be the busiest pre-season I’ve ever had without a doubt.

“But nobody will work harder than Kenny McKenna and myself to make sure we get in the right players at the right cost for the club.

“There is no point sitting back and sulking about things, you have to face a challenge head on and that is exactly what we will do.

“We have watched loads of games in recent weeks and are going to a load of play-off games over the next few weeks in the leagues above and below us in our quest for players we think will fit into the club.

“We already have a few targets and have had conversations already with a few players and that will continue as we look for more gems like Jack Redshaw and Ryan Williams.

“There are good, young players out there but we need to make sure we get the right ones in terms of skills and attitude and there is plenty of work to do.”

Bentley said the loss of captain Haining was a blow but one that was not unexpected.

He said: “Will showed at Southend on Saturday just what a good player he is and he has been great for me.

“Like Nick Fenton I would have liked to have kept him but I couldn’t offer him the same deal he was on and he decided to look elsewhere which I can fully understand and I wish him well for the future.

“I will be having talks with other players this week whose contracts are up this season and I will have to see the outcome of those conversations before I know exactly what I need and what positions I need to fill next season.”