Morecambe boss looks to kick on after his first year in charge

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Morecambe boss Derek Adams says he wants to build on 12 months of hard work as he begins his second year in charge of the club.

Adams joined the club officially on November 7 last year and watched on as the Shrimps were knocked out of the FA Cup at Blackpool.

At the time they were also languishing at the bottom of League Two with just three wins from 17 games after a poor start to the season.

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They had lost to this Saturday’s opponents, Stevenage, in Jim Bentley’s last game in charge before caretaker bosses Barry Roche and Kevin Ellison led the side to victory over Leyton Orient.

Morecambe manager Derek Adams   Picture: Getty ImagesMorecambe manager Derek Adams   Picture: Getty Images
Morecambe manager Derek Adams Picture: Getty Images

A year on, the Shrimps are in round two of the FA Cup for only the second time in eight seasons and sitting ninth in League Two, just two points off a play-off spot.

Those 12 months have seen a major change in the club’s fortunes – and playing squad – and Adams believes fans should be proud of the club’s achievements so far.

Adams said: “I joined in November and we were bottom of the league when I joined.

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“It’s always challenging when you’re down the bottom because there are a lot of difficult games.

“The full focus was getting clear of the relegation zone because it’s so important to stay in the Football League and we did that.

“The players we brought in in January helped us, along with the lads already there.

“We changed the style of play to enable us to get the points we needed to stay in the division and we managed to build again in the summer with some more good signings – and the season has gone pretty well so far.

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“The year has gone quickly but we look like we have turned things around. There has been a large turnaround in players and now we need to keep moving forward, starting with an important game against Stevenage at the Mazuma Stadium on Saturday.”

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