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2020/2021

Morecambe

In


Jake Turner (Goalkeeper, Newcastle United, Season-long loan), Harry Davis (Defender, Grimsby Town), Kelvin Mellor (Defender, Bradford City), Nathaniel Knight-Percival (Defender, Carlisle United), Ryan Cooney (Defender, Burnley, Season-long loan), Stephen Hendrie (Defender, Kilmarnock), Adam Phillips (Midfielder, Burnley, Season-long loan), Ben Pringle (Midfielder, Gillingham), Freddie Price (Midfielder, Youth), Liam McAlinden (Attacker, Stockport County)

Out


Barry Roche (Goalkeeper, retired), Christoffer Mafoumbi (Goalkeeper, Blackpool, Loan ended), Adam Buxton (Defender, released), Christian Mbulu (Defender, passed away), Jordan Cranston (Defender, Solihull Moors), Ritchie Sutton (Defender, Altrincham), Steven Old (Defender, released), Andrew Tutte (Midfielder, Bolton Wanderers), Kyle Hawley (Midfielder, released), Lamin Jagne (Midfielder, released), Tom Brewitt (Midfielder, released), Harvey Bradbury (Attacker, Millwall, Loan ended), Kevin Ellison (Attacker, Newport County), Michael Howard (Attacker, Marine), Rhys Oates (Attacker, Hartlepool United), Shaun Miller (Attacker, Crewe Alexandra, Loan ended)

Adam Phillips return for another season on loan from Burnley is a real coup for Derek Adams and Morecambe. The midfield playmaker was outstanding for the Shrimps in the two months before the Covid-19 pandemic struck and drew the season to a premature end. He will miss the start of the campaign due to suspension but will play a key role this season. Like many clubs they will have to carefully navigate the choppy waters which come as a result of the pandemic but the appointment of Adams looks a shrewd one. There will have been trepidation following the departure of Jim Bentley, who was the longest-serving manager in English football before being enticed away by AFC Fylde. Adams was unceremoniously sacked by Plymouth Argyle, having taken them into League One, and his uncompromising style was soon in evidence as he jettisoned clubs legends Barry Roche and Kevin Ellison. The former is now goalkeeping coach but the latter has left with a somewhat bitter taste in his mouth. For once they haven’t lost a crucial player during the close season and the additions of full-back Kelvin Mellor, centre-back Harry Davis and winger Ben Pringle bring plenty of Football League experience to the Globe Arena.

Target


Top half. The Shrimps will again be one of the favourites for relegation but with Adams at the helm, they can aim a little higher.

Season Review
2020/2021

№4: Morecambe

It was a historic season for Morecambe, who were promoted to the third tier of English football for the first time in their 101-year history. It was a personal triumph for manager Derek Adams, who has enhanced his reputation by achieving one of the most unlikely promotions in years. His brief was to ensure they remained in the Football League after being appointed in November 2019. He unceremoniously jettisoned several established players as he built a small but strong squad last summer and they were pushing for automatic promotion at the turn of the year. Goalkeeper Jake Turner and key playmaker Adam Phillips were both recalled from their loans in January but Adams was otherwise able to rely on a core XI and they might have been promoted automatically had it not been for a remarkable late run from Bolton Wanderers. They saw off Tranmere Rovers in a two-legged play-off semi-final before a rather fortunate 1-0 win over Newport County sealed an historic promotion at Wembley. Winger Carlos Mendes Gomes scored the match-winning penalty to cap a fabulous season in which he finished as leading goalscorer. Sam Lavelle was outstanding in the centre of defence whilst striker Cole Stockton enjoyed a superb campaign leading the line. Success brings risk as well as reward and with Adams strongly linked with a move to Bradford City and almost the entire squad out of contract this summer, it could be a very different team that takes on League One next season.


Player of the Season: Carlos Mendes Gomes

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