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2019/2020

Morecambe

In


Adam Buxton (Defender, Tranmere Rovers), Tom Brewitt (Defender, AFC Fylde), John O’Sullivan (Midfielder, Blackpool), Cole Stockton (Attacker, Tranmere Rovers), Michael Howard (Attacker, Preston North End)

Out


Dawid Szczepaniak (Goalkeeper, released), James Sinclair (sp) Defender, released), Paul McKay (sp) Defender, Cardiff City, Loan ended), Zak Mills (r) (Defender, Oldham Athletic), Andy Fleming (sp) (Midfielder, retired), Ben Hedley (Midfielder, released), Piero Mingoia (r) (Midfielder, Accrington Stanley, Loan), Aaron Collins (r) Attacker, Forest Green Rovers), Adam Campbell, (Attacker, released), Liam Mandeville (r) (Attacker, Doncaster Rovers, Loan ended), Richie Bennett (r) (Attacker, Carlisle United, Loan ended), Sam Dalby (Attacker, Leeds United, Loan ended), Vadaine Oliver (sp) (Attacker, Northampton Town)

Jim Bentley continues his reign as the longest-serving manager in English football as he leads Morecambe into a new season for the ninth time. Last season saw him guide the Shrimps to safety again; this time avoiding a relegation battle to finish comfortably in 18th place. Some much-needed stability off the pitch certainly helped and they will be looking to take a positive second half of the season into the new campaign. Sadly as is usually the case they have been unable to keep hold of some their better players this summer. Bentley will be disappointed striker Aaron Collins didn’t show more loyalty having been given a chance to impress following his release by Wolves by rejecting a new deal to join Forest Green Rovers. Full-back Zak Mills opted for a move to Oldham Athletic whilst loanees Piero Mingoia and Richie Bennett decided against returning. Andy Fleming’s retirement due to injury at just 31 is also another blow. Several players have chosen to sign new deals however, including goalkeeper Mark Halstead, midfielder Aaron Wildig and strikers AJ Leitch-Smith and Kevin Ellison. The capture of midfield playmaker John O’Sullivan looks a shrewd addition. Bentley will need to do some further business in the transfer market but there is cause for optimism at the Globe Arena.

Target


Top half. Bentley is always working against the odds but a top-half finish is a challenging but realistic target for the Shrimps.

Season Review
2018/2019

№18: Morecambe

Morecambe safety navigated their way through another season in the Football League with Jim Bentley at the helm. The Shrimps have been sailing through choppy waters in the last two seasons and they were tested once again. Fortunately they have an astute boss in Bentley, who became the longest serving manager in England following Arsene Wenger’s departure from Arsenal in the summer. He might have been worried if he had known goalkeeper Barry Roche would miss more than half the season through injury but he had brought in a more than capable understudy in Mark Halstead. A fabulous display away at Port Vale in February established him as number one and kept Roche out of the side. Injuries were a common theme and Bentley made more impressive signings in the likes of loan winger Piero Mingoia and striker Aaron Collins, who arrived as a free-agent in February and finished as leading scorer with eight goals. Both made a real impact in the second half of the season as the side steered themselves clear of a relegation battle. Bentley successfully converted Jordan Cranston from a left-back to a central midfielder whilst right-back Zak Mills ran Halstead close for player of the season. There is no doubt Morecambe’s success is down to Bentley and with greater stability off the field, they can head into the new season with plenty of optimism.


Player of the Season: Mark Halstead

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