ON A shoestring of a budget, Jim Bentley is working wonders in his first managerial post.
He has led Morecambe to fifth in the League Two and his troops preserved their unbeaten away record by snatching a late equaliser at Plymouth last weekend.
Having already established himself as a fans’ favourite during his playing days, Bentley is revelling in his new role in the dug-out.
“Jim has done a good job,” said centre-half Nick Fenton, who grabbed the late leveller at Home Park. “He has got everyone playing for each other and everyone wants to do well for him.
“I used to play with him 10 years ago. He is always laughing and joking and gets everyone buzzing on the training ground. We work hard and the gaffer has assembled a good squad here. We have a lot of quality and we are not surprised where we are this season.
“We have had a good start but it is still early in the season. We are only 17 games in and although we are pleased to be up in the play-offs, we have got to keep it going.”
Bentley is calling on the Shrimps supporters to create a carnival atmosphere at the Globe Arena when they lock horns with Sheffield Wednesday in 48 hours in the first round of the FA Cup.
“Whatever happens this is a great occasion for the club and I want everyone to celebrate it,” he said.
“I really want the fans to get behind us and make a big noise. I would really like to see a wall of red on the terraces and as many flags as possible around the ground with everyone out for an enjoyable day.”
Ex-Rotherham United player Fenton says the FA Cup is not top of the club’s priority list but has stated: “If we can get into the third round, it will bring a lot of money into the club. Crawley got £1 million from the Manchester United tie last year and all clubs are looking for that.
“At this stage, I would have preferred a small team so we can try and progress and go deeper into the competition.
“But we are at home and there will be a big crowd so there will be a good atmosphere and hopefully we can put on a good display.
“We are confident we can do well and can get a result.”