JIM Bentley was born in Liverpool. But after nine years as a player at Morecambe, Shrimps fans consider the former skipper as one of their own and it is clear the sentiment is mutual.
Speaking about his love for the club on his appointment, the new boss said: “I have had a wonderful nine years at Morecambe as a player and it is like a second home to me. I can’t wait to get started because I am so excited about the role.”
The former Manchester City youth team player joined the club from Telford in 2002, quickly establishing himself as a fan favourite, being named captain in 2004.
It was Bentley who led the team out at Wembley in the Conference play-off final, lifting the trophy after the club’s 2-1 victory over Exeter, as the club reached the promised land of the Football League for the first time in their history.
After his celebrated playing career at the club, Bentley’s transition to player-coach has been considered a success. So much so that his transition into management comes after just a year as the club’s reserve team boss.
However, if fans’ reactions to his appointement are anything to go by, there is no denying that this is a popular appointment.
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