Morecambe praise justified - manager Jim Bentley

Jim Bentley
Bentley initially joined Morecambe as a player in 2002

Morecambe boss Jim Bentley believes the widespread acclamation his team is receiving is fully justified.

The Shrimps, currently top of League Two, host Bristol Rovers on Saturday.

"We're now getting plenty of coverage having probably missed out over the last couple of years," Bentley told BBC Radio Lancashire.

"It's good for the town, the football club, the players and everyone behind the scenes and it's nice to get a pat on the back."

Bentley, who replaced previous manager Sammy McIlroy in May, has overseen a fast change of fortunes at the Globe Arena.

Having avoided relegation by four points last season, Morecambe have recovered from an opening day defeat to Barnet in August to lead the division by two points.

But the Liverpool-born manager is refusing to get too carried away.

"As I keep saying, it's early days," he said. "There's a long way to go and we have to live with this top-of-the-table title at the moment.

"Everyone wants to knock the top team, so we've got to live with that added pressure. But I'd certainly take that over being in the bottom three or four."