Morecambe boss optimistic despite having to trim budget

Nick Fenton.
Nick Fenton.

Jim Bentley is confident he can assemble a strong squad next season despite having to significantly trim his wage budget.

The Morecambe boss says he is working hard with assistant Ken McKenna to identify targets that will help keep the Shrimps competitive in League 2.

He did however concede that more players would be leaving the club in the coming weeks following Nick Fenton’s departure.

He said: “We’ve sat down with one or two of the squad and there’s an awful lot to iron out.

“But we’ll get there and make sure that we’re identifying the targets we need to come in to hopefully strengthen us for next season.

“It’s difficult but you’ve just got to do your homework and get out there and look at players.

“Myself and Kenny have been going to watch a lot of football recently, speaking to a lot of people in the game and we have our targets.

“It’s football, it’s what happens, people come and go.

“The club’s still here and that will never move and we’ve got to make sure we get the right players in to kick us on next season.

“I’m quite confident we can get a good strong squad together.”

The Shrimps host struggling Torquay in their final home game of the season this Saturday, with Bentley short of numbers through injury.

Youngster Chris Doyle could get his first start having played the final hour at Accrington after captain Will Haining came off with a hamstring injury.

Bentley said: “Chris did very well.

“He’s come on twice now for large periods of the game after coming on for 70 minutes at Wimbledon and doing well.

“He’ll probably come into the equation somewhere.

“We’ll just have to assess what’s going on. We’ve got one or two injury problems at the moment so it’s going to be difficult to field a side but the side that goes out will be giving it their all to get the win.”