Jim Bentley has ended his 17-year association with Morecambe after resigning as Shrimps manager on Monday morning.
Bentley, who joined Morecambe as a player in 2002 and skippered the club into the Football League, took over as manager from Sammy Mcilroy in May 2011 and in that time became the Football League’s longest serving manager.
He is set to be appointed as AFC Fylde’s new manager, succeeding Dave Challinor who left the National League outfit earlier in the month.
A statement from Morecambe’s board of directors said: “It is with great reluctance that we have accepted the resignation of Jim Bentley today.
“Jim has stated his desire to take on a new challenge and it is only right that we honour his wish after the service he has given this club.
“He has been an amazing servant for us as player, captain and manager and has deservedly gained a fantastic reputation throughout the game for what he has achieved with the club.
“We cannot thank him enough for his contribution to the club over the years and it goes without saying he will always be welcome at the Globe Arena.
“Jim’s name is synonymous with Morecambe and he has always had the very best interests of the club at heart, playing and managing with great pride, honour and integrity and he departs with the best wishes of everyone connected with the Shrimps.
“Our efforts are now focused on appointing a new manager as soon as possible and that process starts immediately, with a caretaker manager to be announced later this week.”