Morecambe: New boss Derek Adams looking to steer Shrimps away from relegation scrap

New Morecambe boss Derek Adams says he is up for the challenge at the Globe Arena (Euanargyle CC BY-SA 4.0)(]

Derek Adams knows he has a challenge ahead of him at Morecambe, with the club sitting bottom of League Two, and facing continuous financial issues.

Adams took over at the Globe Arena last week, replacing the long-serving Jim Bentley, who quit to drop a division and go to National League Fylde.

The Shrimps have not finished above 18th in League Two for the last four seasons and have struggled so far, winning only three games this season.

But the 44-year-old thinks despite an obvious challenge, he’s the man who can turn the club’s fortunes around.

He said: “There’s a challenge here and if you look at my career its all been about challenges.”

The Scot guided Plymouth to promotion to League One in his second season in charge, and is looking to prevent Morecambe from leaking more goal and also improving their conversion rate.

He said:“I’m hoping to come here and, defensively, make us better and, obviously, make us better in attack as well.

“The chances that we’ve created, we also have to take a greater percentage.”

The Shrimps won their last league game 1-0 against Leyton Orient. Adams wasn’t in the dugout for that one, but was in attendance and is hoping for another victory this weekend.

“Three points on a Saturday makes everyone in Morecambe go home happy,” the boss said.

Happy fans is certainly something Adams will want to see, considering previous manager Jim Bentley spent almost eight-and-a-half years with the club and guided them to 11th in their first season in League Two.

Adams comes to the Globe Arena with a 42.5 percent win percentage from his spell at Plymouth.

He previously managed Ross County twice, winning promotion to the Scottish second division in 2008, and then to the first division in 2012.

The Scot knows what he wants from his new team, he’s after desire and a good work ethic.

Adams added; “I like the players to be disciplined.

“If we can get that then we will certainly get the club moving further up the league and that’s where we want to be.

“It’s about improving your players individually and collectively to make them a better unit.”

Though he’ll want to improve the players he’s already got, he hasn’t ruled out making changes to his squad in the January transfer window.

He said:“I think you’ve got to look at the squad and what you’ve got available.

“You’ve got to have a few tweaks along the way to make things different.”

Adams thinks his managerial style can hopefully get the club “moving forward”, but only if he can get his team and philosophies to “blend together”.

He praised the supporters for the noise they produced against Leyton Orient and hopes that can continue in order for the club to steer away from the bottom of the table.

He said: “If they can be as vocal as they were against Leyton Orient and the FA Cup tie, that will help not only myself but it will help the team as well.”