Bentley set to lose first player to budget cuts

Morecambe manager Jim Bentley

Morecambe manager Jim Bentley

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Jim Bentley is set to lose his first key player as budget cuts at the Globe Arena bite.

The Morecambe boss admitted it was a “massive blow” to lose the unnamed squad member and that more of the club’s senior pros could depart ahead of next season.

He said: “Unfortunately one of the lads I’m desperate to keep, and he’s desperate to stay, won’t be staying.

“His contract will probably be terminated so he’s got a chance to get another club and do a bit of work and cut down on his travel.

“It’s a massive blow for us. I’ve got a lot of time for the lad and he’s been a good signing for us and he was keen to stay as well.

“But it’s all part of the cutbacks we’ve got to make because we can’t afford to keep him.

“We now need to look and identify a replacement for him.”

Bentley confessed the wage reduction meant it was going to be a tough campaign next season but said he was up for the challenge.

He said: “I’ve got an honest board and an honest chairman who have given me what they can.

“I’ve got a lot of time for them and I always want more but I’ve got what I’ve got and I’ve just got to battle on.

“They are tough times and we will be speaking to players over the coming weeks and we might see one or two more leaving who we want to keep.

“We’ve just got to make sure we’ve got a competitive squad for next season because it’s going to be a difficult one.”

The cuts come on the back of disappointing Globe Arena crowds with the Shrimps boss once again urging to town to get behind his side as they look to ensure their long-term League 2 future.

He said: “If attendances are down, which is your biggest income, and your biggest out-going is players’ wages, you’ve got to make cutbacks.

“I’m sure I won’t be the only manager doing that but we are in difficult times.

“That’s why I always say it’s important the people of Morecambe get behind the team because we want to have a Football League club in years to come.

“That’s not me being negative because there are a lot of big clubs below us fighting to take our place.

“We’ve got a good hardcore following but it’s not enough we need more.”