Knill exit to spur Shrimps

Morecambe manager Jim Bentley.
Morecambe manager Jim Bentley.
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Morecambe will have a managerless Torquay side awaiting them at Plainmoor on Saturday.

The Devon club sacked Alan Knill today after seven months in charge.

For the time being they have put head of youth development Geoff Harrop in charge, and he will pick the team to face the Shrimps.

Jim Bentley’s side make the long trip to the English Riviera looking for a big improvement on their New Year’s Day performance at York City.

They lost 1-0 to the struggling Minstermen, poor defending letting Ryan Jarvis in for the home side’s winner.

It meant back-to-back defeats for the Shrimps following their 2-1 home reverse against Hartlepool last Sunday.

Morecambe boss Bentley said: “We have lost two games in quick succession because we did not do our jobs in defensive areas.

“If I was playing against Morecambe at the moment I’d be thinking put it in there and ask the question of them.

“The lads have got to stand up and be counted.

“Once we gave a team like York – who haven’t won much lately – a goal, the crowd got behind them and they had something to cling on to.

“They chased everything down, stopped us from playing and – apart from Jack Redshaw’s chance – we didn’t create enough in the second half.

“We didn’t do enough to win it but we shouldn’t have lost the game.”

Reflecting on the goal which they conceded at York, Bentley said: “It was disappointing. We went with a game plan and changed the formation a bit to a 3-4-3 and freshened things up because I thought we looked a little flat against Hartlepool.

“We knew we could affect the game from the bench, we knew we could exploit the weaknesses in York, we knew where there strengths were and had done a lot of homework.

“But it all boils down to people not doing their jobs from a corner.”

The defeat left Bentley’s men in ninth place, three points off the play-offs.