‘What will be will be’, says Shrimps boss

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Jim Bentley insists any boardroom shake-up won’t distract him or his players from their jobs on the field.

Vice-chairman Graham Hodgson has resigned from the board after 22 years at the club while chief executive Rod Taylor has relinquished his role but remains a director.

The Shrimps boss admitted it wasn’t the ideal time for any upheaval, with Hodgson the man who negotiated player contracts, but declared it was business as usual.

He said: “There’s no doubt it’s big news.

“It’s at the tail end of the season where we’ve got quite a few players out of contract and we’re trying to build for next season. It shakes that a little bit but whether you’re chief executive or vice chairman’s gone or you’ve split up with your missus when you’re out on that pitch it all goes out of the window and you concentrate on the job in hand.

“What will be will be. I can’t affect upstairs in the boardroom it’s not my department.

“All I’m interested in is what goes on on the pitch.”

Bentley is set to sit down with chairman Peter McGuigan to finalise next year’s budget as he tries to tie players down to new contracts with Jack Redshaw, Ryan Williams and Kevin Ellison already having put pen to paper no new deals.

He said: “They’ll be a couple of meetings between myself and the chairman and hopefully we can get a few things nailed down. “

The next challenge for The Shrimps is a trip to relegation-threatened AFC Wimbledon on Saturday, with Bentley insisting his side still have plenty to play for despite being set for a mid-table finish.

He said: “We’ll do our own work on them to ensure that we’re fully prepared when we go down on Friday so we can hopefully give a good account of ourselves and get the three points. With seven games to go it’s silly season and everyone’s grasping for points.

“There’s still a lot to play for and we want to finish strongly and we’re not just going to roll over for anyone.”

Kevin Ellison will serve the second game of his two-match ban after reaching 10 bookings.

Andy Parrish is still battling a thigh problem and is set to miss out along with captain Will Haining who went off with a hamstring injury shortly before half-time against Gillingham on Saturday.