Former Morecambe boss Jim Bentley to undergo heart surgery
AFC Fylde have announced that former Morecambe captain and manager Jim Bentley has to have heart surgery.
A statement issued by the Coasters on Friday revealed the news concerning Bentley, who had only taken charge of the club last October after leaving the Shrimps.
In that statement, Bentley explained how the situation had come to light.
He said: "At the start of the year I had some chest pains whilst doing a bit of training. After getting checked out I was told I had a blockage in one of my arteries.
"I had some more tests and was placed on medication to help my condition.
"Due to the Covid-19 situation, I haven’t been able to get into hospital but I finally went in to Liverpool Chest and Heart Hospital this week to have a coronary angiogram and stent fitted, but whilst the doctor was carrying out the procedure he noticed that my condition was a bit worse than first thought.
"It was then recommended I have a heart bypass instead. It’s not the news I wanted but I am thankful I got checked out when I did as this could have been a lot worse
"I’m looking forward to getting sorted and being back fit doing the job I love as soon as possible."
The club said: "It is a concerning time for all at Mill Farm as we send our very best wishes to Jim and his family, who is remaining in a positive mindset about the situation whist receiving the best care possible.
"The procedure needed will see Jim sidelined for a while, with required rehabilitation thereafter. The club will remain in regular contact, supporting our manager in every way it can."
Chief executive, Jonty Castle, added: "First and foremost our well wishes are with Jim and that the surgery goes as planned so he makes a speedy recovery.
"We are in constant contact and he has kept myself and the chairman (David Haythornthwaite) fully up-to-date with his progress.
"Jim’s a popular figure at Mill Farm amongst the staff, players and the fans so all of us will be looking forward to him returning as soon as he can to lead the club in our 2020/21 campaign.
"Until his return, we will all be continuing the hard-work behind-the-scenes and giving Jim our full support with anything he may need to help with his recovery."
The club has asked that Bentley and his family have their privacy respected at this time.