Bentley: We’re not a selling club but players will move on

Morecambe manager Jim Bentley with Jack Redshaw.
Morecambe manager Jim Bentley with Jack Redshaw.

Boss Jim Bentley believes Morecambe should try and emulate Crewe when it comes to developing young players.

The Alex have made a habit of nurturing hot prospects before selling them on for big money.

And with Shrimps star man Jack Redshaw having attracted interest from Peterborough, Bentley knows that turning rough diamonds into prized assets may be the way forward at the Globe Arena.

He said: “We don’t want to be classed as a selling club but you’ve got to look at the likes of Crewe.

“It’ll be a long time until we get to their level but over the last couple of years finances have been tight and I haven’t been able to go and get people with experience.

“We’ve had to do a lot of homework and take a couple of chances on players from non-league and young players getting released and give them a platform.

“They might want to move on at some point but we want young ambitious players. I’m a young, ambitious manager. I want to get to the very top and players are no different.

“The players that we have brought to the club have progressed and we’ve got a good nucleus of good young players.”

As for his rising stars, Bentley knows they will be the subject of admiring glances from elsewhere but insists the club will fight their corner when it comes to doing any deals.

The Shrimps boss said: “What will be will be.

“I can’t affect if a club is prepared to come in and pay a certain price for a player and we think it’s good business for the club.

“Someone might move on but over the last couple of years we’ve built up our ‘stock’ so to speak.

“I think you’re not just looking at Jack Redshaw, we’ve got some other good young players. I’m sure more and more scouts will come over the coming months to see what we’ve got and how good they are.

“We can’t affect people’s thoughts on our players but there’s no way they’re going to come in and nick them off us for nothing.

“We’ll be strong and won’t let the bigger club win in that respect but everyone’s got a value and everyone wants to progress their careers and we’ve got to do what’s right by the club, by myself, by the squad and by the player themselves so we’ll see what happens.”