AFC Fylde: Jim Bentley bedding in well with the Coasters

Jim Bentley speaking to UCLan Live on Friday.

AFC Fylde manager, Jim Bentley, insists his life hasn’t changed much despite ending his 17-year stay at Morecambe.

Bentley put pen to paper on a two-and-a-half-deal at Mill Farm on Monday, and takes charge of his first home game on Saturday against Dover Athletic.

The Coasters were in action on Tuesday night, drawing 1-1 with Maidenhead United.

The Liverpudlian says he has enjoyed his first week in charge and reckons his life hasn’t changed dramatically, despite such a stark contrast in jobs.

Bentley, 43, said: “Life changes – but not that much. I’m still coming up the M6 from Merseyside every day.

“It’s actually a little bit closer than Morecambe, so so-far so good. It’s an ambitious club, it’s a nice place to be and a nice place to work.

“I’m finding it a good working environment already – everyone’s pulling in the right direction, everyone’s positive so it’s good.”

The former centre-back takes charge of his first match in the National League this weekend, after dropping down a level after he left League Two side Morecambe.

His new club sit 19th in the table, and sit seven points and eight places below their visitors on Saturday.

Bentley admitted, though, that preparation hasn’t been ideal, as the plans aren’t in place to get the information that they need on their opposition.

He continued: “It’s things that we’ve got to get in place. At Morecambe we had a certain way of working – we’d know the ins and outs of the opposition.

“We need to progress that side of things here, because it’s a big part of the game – you need to know what you’re coming up against.

“We need to know where we can exploit their weaknesses, and who the danger men are. It’s something we’re looking to improve on.”

Dover make the hike north with a spring in their step after a 3-1 victory over Eastleigh midweek, as the Whites bounced back from a 1-0 defeat to Stockport County last weekend.