Bentley: Ups and downs to be expected

Stewart Drummond misses a late chance for Morecambe against York City.
Stewart Drummond misses a late chance for Morecambe against York City.

Jim Bentley insists his side’s patchy run of form is to be expected.

Morecambe have just one win from their last seven games ahead of the trip to Mansfield on Saturday having been challenging at the top of League 2 at the start of the season.

But given the relative size of the club and their tag as relegation favourites, Bentley believes the Shrimps’ difficult recent run shouldn’t come as a surprise.

He said: “We are what we are. We’re Morecambe Football Club. We’re not Madrid.

“We’ve had to cut the budget the last two or three years.

“We’ve not had our own training ground and developed an area now.

“We’ve used the least amount of players in the league and I think we’re the only team that hasn’t signed anyone as the season’s gone on.

“I’ve chased players at other clubs and lost out to non-league clubs. That’s the way it is.

“We are what we are but we work extremely hard to make it happen.

“There’s no-one who feels defeat worse than me but at the end of the day I’ve got to assess it and think yeah, we’re not one of the fancied sides.

“No-one really gives us a chance to do well but we’re doing okay at the minute and long may it continue.

“We understand there’s going to be ups and downs but as I say all along, enjoy the good times and when the bad times come along it’s important that everyone from the fans to the staff, directors and players sticks together.”

Bentley was speaking on the day (Thursday) that he was unable to make a move into the Football League loan market as other clubs scrambled to tie up deals before the transfer window reopens in January.

He said: “I know exactly what I need but I’m not in a position to go out and do it where as other clubs might be able to.

“You see at other clubs if someone gets injured they just go and replace him and if someone’s struggling for form, they can freshen the squad up.

“I’m not in a position to do that.

“It does get a bit frustrating because you can’t have what you think you need.

“But as I’ve said all along I’m in a privileged position to be a Football League manager of a club that I love.

“There’s no-one willing to work harder than me to ensure that we continue to improve and build on and off the pitch.

“In the time that I’ve been here I haven’t got many signings wrong. The stock we’ve got in the squad, with Williams, Redshaw, Kenyon, Sampson all around 20 or 21, if we were sell them they’d be worth quite a few quid.

“Hopefully come January we might be able to add to the squad though.”