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James Graham Bentley (born 11 June 1976) is an English professional football manager and former player who played as a centre back. He is the manager of club AFC Fylde after leaving his post at Morecambe.

Jim Bentley
Personal information
Full name James Graham Bentley[1]
Date of birth (1976-06-11) 11 June 1976 (age 43)[2]
Place of birth Liverpool, England[2]
Playing position Centre back[2]
Youth career
0000–1997 Manchester City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997–2002 Telford United
2002–2011 Morecambe 298 (29)
Total 298 (29)
Teams managed
2011–2019 Morecambe
2019– A.F.C. Fylde
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only


Bentley, who debuted for Telford United in 1997, moved to Morecambe in 2002.[3] He played as a defender.

In June 2010, Bentley was appointed player-coach, having spent the previous season in a coaching role with the reserve team.

On 13 May 2011, Bentley was appointed the player-manager of Morecambe on a two-year contract, but since then he has concentrated on the managerial role and has not played a competitive match since taking on that post. He signed a two-year contract extension with the Shrimps on 10 October 2013. A further two-year contract extension was agreed with Morecambe on 29 August 2015. Ken McKenna also agreed the same deal with the League Two club.[4] On 13 October 2017, Bentley and McKenna agreed further contract extensions until the end of the 2019-20 season.[5]

During Morecambe's 1-2 defeat to Cheltenham on 17 December 2016, Bentley was sent off from the dugout, after reacting to Alex Kenyon's dismissal. He received a £750 fine with £250 costs and a two match touchline ban[6] from the FA after a personal hearing. At the following home game, a 4-1 victory over Notts County, Morecambe fans held a 'bucket collection' and raised the £1,000.

After the departure of Paul Tisdale from Exeter City in June 2018,[7] Bentley became the longest serving manager in the top four tiers of English football, until his resignation in October 2019[8] in order to become the new manager of AFC Fylde.[9]

Managerial statisticsEdit

As of match played 30 November 2019[10]
Managerial record by team and tenure
Team From To Record
P W D L Win %
Morecambe 13 May 2011 28 October 2019 434 123 119 192 028.3
AFC Fylde 28 October 2019 Present 7 4 2 1 057.1
Total 441 127 121 193 028.8


  1. ^ "List of Players under Written Contract Registered Between 01/07/2011 and 31/07/2011" (PDF). The Football Association. Retrieved 7 February 2012.
  2. ^ a b c "Jim Bentley". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 28 May 2019.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 9 July 2009. Retrieved 24 May 2009.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "New Shrimps Deal For Jim Bentley". League Clubs. 10 October 2013. Retrieved 10 October 2013.
  5. ^ "Jim Bentley: Morecambe manager signs new contract until 2020". BBC Sport. 13 October 2017. Retrieved 2 January 2018.
  6. ^ Association, The Football. "Bentley charged". Retrieved 9 January 2017.
  7. ^ "Paul Tisdale leaves Exeter City after 12 years in charge of Devon club". 1 June 2018 – via
  8. ^ "Jim Bentley: Morecambe manager resigns and is set for AFC Fylde job". 28 October 2019 – via
  9. ^
  10. ^ "Managers: Jim Bentley". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 28 May 2019.

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