Bentley wary of new manager reaction

Morecambe players celebrate the winning goal with manager Jim Bentley.
Morecambe players celebrate the winning goal with manager Jim Bentley.

Morecambe boss Jim Bentley says his side will have to be wary of “new manager” syndrome when they visit Plymouth on Saturday.

Former Oldham and Chesterfield boss John Sheridan took over at Home Park this week after Carl Fletcher was sacked by the strugglers a fortnight ago and Bentley is sure he will inspire an upturn in fortunes – hopefully starting after their clash with the Shrimps.

He said: “We have seen it time and time again how clubs improve when a new manager comes in.

“The players raise their games straight away because they’re looking to impress and the crowd gets a lift as they get behind the new man.

“Saturday will be no different and it will be a difficult game for us I’m sure.

“Plymouth may be struggling but they are still one of the biggest clubs at this level and they will have an added spring in their step.

“But we will be ready for that and will work hard this week.

“We have watched them a couple of times in recent weeks and picked up a few things which we will work on as well.”

He added: “It’s a big game because the way the league is shaping we need to pick up as many points as possible against the teams in and around us.

“I said after the Oxford game where I thought we dropped two valuable points, that every win is vital in this league this season because it is so tight.

“Those of us in the bottom half of the table are in a mini league of our own.

“A couple of wins in a row will give is breathing space but a couple of defeats has the opposite effect and that is something we need to be aware of.”