Jim Bentley has been with the Shrimps for the past 17 years, first as a player and from 2011 onward as a manager in the English Football League.
Former center-back Jim Bentley started coaching Morecambe back in 2011 in the English Football League
And eight years later, he is set to leave the club, after he became Football League’s longest-serving manager.
“It is with great reluctance that we have accepted the resignation of Jim Bentley,” the club said according to The Daily Mail.
“Jim has stated his desire to take on a new challenge and it is only right that we honor his wish after the service he has given this club.”
They added: “He has been an amazing servant for us as a 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, honor, and integrity and he departs with the best wishes of everyone connected with the Shrimps,” they said.
“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.”
🗣 “It’s massive that we interact with the local people and play our part in the community of Morecambe.”@ShrimpsOfficial First-Team Manager Jim Bentley talking about the power football can have in the community on #EFLDayOfAction 👍@mfccommunity pic.twitter.com/XzDAx2qW9V
— EFL Trust (@EFLTrust) March 19, 2019