Shrimps season preview: ‘It will another tough division’

New Oxford manager Michael Appleton.
New Oxford manager Michael Appleton.

Morecambe boss Jim Bentley is under no illusions about the strength of League 2 in 2014-2015.

With one of the division’s bigger clubs Bristol Rovers having been relegated last season the Shrimps boss knows no-one is safe, with plenty in contention for the promotion and play-off places.

He said: “When a team the size of Bristol Rovers gets relegated then that proves anything can happen.

“There’s always a team that drops that people say is too big to go down. It happens at every level.

“The expectation lays heavy on them and they can’t handle it and they play under pressure every week.

“Looking at this season, Bury have recruited well and I think they’ll do well, Portsmouth are a massive club, there’s Plymouth, even Oxford with the management team they’ve got in their now (former Blackpool and Blackburn boss Michael Appleton).

“There’s Luton coming up and the likely ones that are there year-on-year. Shrewsbury have come down too and invested well as have Tranmere Rovers.

“It’s a tough league again but we’ll enjoy the ride, give it our all and get as high up the table as we can and in football you never know.”