Morecambe boss set for budget talks

Morecambe manager Jim Bentley.
Morecambe manager Jim Bentley.

Morecambe boss Jim Bentley will not undertake a major overhaul of his squad in the close season.

Bentley has already tied down Kevin Ellison, Jack Redshaw and Ryan Williams to deals for next season and is set to sit down with chairman Peter McGuigan to finalise next season’s budget in the coming days.

McGuigan revealed in and interview with The Visitor his manager would have less money to play with and it is now just a matter of how deep the cut will be with Bentley wanting to bring in three or four new faces.

The Shrimps boss said: “I’m not one of these managers that likes to leave it all to the end of the season because you run the risk of losing players who are out of contract.

“It’s a balance because we’ve got to make sure we get the budget right and we’ll see which players we can keep hold of and unfortunately the players who are going to have to leave.

“I’ve got a couple of meetings coming up in the next couple of weeks with the chairman and hopefully we can tie one or two more of our players down.

“I don’t really want to go from having 18 players, getting rid of half of them and then bringing in another whole new lot in.

“We’ve got a good set of lads, they’ve got great togetherness, work hard, know what me and Kenny (McKenna, assistant manager) are about and how we want to play.

“The best way’s for three or four to leave and three or four to come in but obviously until I know what I’ve got to play with it’s difficult to do your negotiations but we’ll see over the coming weeks.”