Derek Quinn column: Bentley has toughest job in league

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If anyone ever needs to take note of the job Jim Bentley is doing at Morecambe they should just take a look at the team sheet last Saturday against Burton.

The first elevens were pretty well-matched but have a look at the bench.

Not only were Morecambe in a position where they could only field six substitutes but four of those on the bench had not made a single Football League start and one of them had virtually signed on the day from the Under 18s.

Of the other two Jordan Burrow can hardly be seen as a Football League veteran with just 17 starts to date either.

On the opposite bench there were a string of players with experience at League 2 level and higher including Nathan Stanton, Cleveland Taylor and the prolific Billy Kee.

It was a similar story against Chesterfield last week as well.

Recently I watched Fleetwood who had players such as Jon Parkin and Barry Nicholson on the bench and that strength in depth is something that Morecambe are definitely missing.

In terms of experience, numbers and on the face of it budgets, even clubs like Burton seem to be in a different league at the moment yet Morecambe looked much the better side on Saturday.

When you look at those facts I don’t think anyone, apart from Paul Cook at Accrington who seems to be doing a fantastic job on a shoestring budget, can claim to be doing a tougher job.

But Bentley is steering a steady course with the resources he has available to him.

The football has been far better than it was last year and for me Bentley can be pleased with what he has achieved so far.