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EFL side targeting Barnsley man for managerial role

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Barnsley Under 23s coach Martin Devaney is in contention to take over as manager of Morecambe, a repost from Gloucestershire Live has claimed.

The League Two side are searching for a new manager following the resignation of Jim Bentley on Monday, with 43-year-old – who had been the EFL’s longest-serving manager – leaving to take charge of National League side AFC Fylde.

According to the latest reports, former Cheltenham winger Devaney is among the candidates to take over at The Globe Arena.

Would Barnsley Under 23s coach Martin Devaney be a good appointment for Morecambe?

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Devaney, who spent six years of his playing career with Barnsley after joining from Cheltenham in 2005, returned to Oakwell as the club’s Under 23s side in November 2015, where he has since developed a reputation for young players, with the 39-year-old also linked with the vacant managerial role with The Tykes first-team recently.

Morecambe are currently bottom of League Two with just two wins from their 16 league games this season, and are next in action when they host Leyton Orient on Saturday.

Following Bentley’s departure, Morecambe have confirmed that attacker Kevin Ellison and goalkeeper Barry Roche – who have made over 850 appearances for The Shrimps between them – will take charge of first-team affairs until a new manager is appointed.


The Verdict

This may not be a bad appointment for Morecambe.

The Shrimps do have a number of young players coming through in their side right now, so having someone who is used to working with those sorts players could well be useful.

With Devaney still only 39-years-old, it also seems that Morecambe themselves could be the right sort of club for him to start his managerial career, given he has already impressed at youth level management, and could now start to work his way up the ladder at senior level.

Given their current position, you imagine a new manager is something that Morecambe will want to appoint quickly, so as to allow them to focus on picking up those vital points to get themselves out of trouble in League Two.


UCLan Sports Journalism graduate, been writing for Football League World since March 2019. I've previously worked for the likes of Blackburn Rovers and Opta, among others.

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