Morecambe chairman: Investment talks ‘going well’

Jim Bentley talks tactics with Jack Sampson.
Jim Bentley talks tactics with Jack Sampson.

Morecambe chairman Peter McGuigan has revealed talks about potential financial investment into the club are “progressing quite well”.

McGuigan was speaking after the Shrimps’ remarkable come-from-behind 4-3 win against League 2 leaders Chesterfield at the Globe Arena on Saturday.

The Shrimps chief outlined in the summer how a cash injection would be needed to keep the club moving in the right direction and it would appear there are parties interested in investing in the club.

Mr McGuigan said: “It was a difficult game and is hopefully something we can build on.

“We’re looking for investment into the club and that is progressing quite well.

“I’m not saying we’re going to hand Jim a cheque for a million pounds but he’s shown that when he brings players in he gets the best out of them.

“With a bit of investment Morecambe as a club can go much higher.”

The chairman believes Saturday’s result, which extended Morecambe’s unbeaten league run to seven and moved them up to sixth In League 2, is evidence of the current confidence and togetherness there is around the Globe Arena.

Mr McGuigan said; “The team spirit and togetherness was fantastic and will take us a long way this season.

“It’s the best I’ve seen since I’ve been here.

“There’s a confidence at the club that hasn’t been here for a while as well.

“We’ve surprised a lot of people and we’ve got three players to come back who will be like new signings (Jack Redshaw, Chris McCready and Marcus Marshall).

“I think it’s been a fantastic start to the season when you appreciate that we only got one point from the first three games.”

The chairman was just like any other fan in the rollercoaster game against Chesterfield on Saturday.

Bentley’s side were 3-0 down after just 22 minutes but a remarkable comeback saw them score four unanswered goals to seal victory.

Mr McGuigan said: “I think it was an incredible game.

“When the fourth goal went in the euphoria around the ground was incredible.

“Then the nerves started in the final five minutes after we conceded against Dagenham but speaking to Jim afterwards the defending was much better.

“Not many teams will come back from 3-0 down to beat the league leaders.

“It was a brilliant performance.

“The attitude and belief was fantastic.”

Once again the chairman hopes it was a game and result that will encourage more people to come through the turnstiles at the Globe Arena.

He said: “Hopefully the people there will encourage a few friends to come along and we can build on it.

“If we can add a few more people we can get the home crowd up towards the 2,000 mark.”