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AFC Fylde manager receives messages of support ahead of surgery

AFC Fylde manager receives messages of support ahead of a much needed heart surgery after he had been experiencing chest pains recently.

The former Morecambe boss Jim Bentley requires a heart bypass surgery following tests with medical professionals.

The procedure will leave Bentley “sidelined for a while, with required rehabilitation thereafter,” the National League club said in a statement.

“The club will remain in regular contact, supporting our manager in every way it can,” the statement added.

“It is a concerning time for all at Mill Farm as we send our very best wishes to Jim and his family, who is remaining in a positive mindset about the situation whilst receiving the best care possible.

“We ask that Jim and his family have his privacy respected at this time, whilst welcoming the many well wishes already received from the footballing community.”

Bentley managed Morecambe for eight years from 2011 to 2019 after playing for the club, and went on to take charge of Fylde in October last year.

He told the club’s website: “At the start of the year I had some chest pains whilst doing a bit of training. After getting checked out I was told I had a blockage in one of my arteries. I had some more tests and was placed on medication to help my condition.

“Due to the COVID situation, I haven’t been able to get into hospital but I finally went in to Liverpool Chest & Heart hospital this week to have a Coronary Angiogram and stent fitted, but whilst the doctor was carrying out the procedure he noticed that my condition was a bit worse than first thought.

“It was then recommended I have a heart bypass instead. It’s not the news I wanted but I am thankful I got checked out when I did as this could have been a lot worse. I’m looking forward to getting sorted and being back fit doing the job I love as soon as possible.”

AFC Fylde CEO Jonty Castle added: “First and foremost our well wishes are with Jim and that the surgery goes as planned so he makes a speedy recovery. We are in constant contact and he has kept myself and the chairman fully up-to-date with his progress.

“Jim’s a popular figure at Mill Farm amongst the staff, players and the fans so all of us will be looking forward to him returning as soon as he can to lead the club in our 2020/21 campaign. Until his return, we will all be continuing the hard work behind the scenes and giving Jim our full support with anything he may need to help with his recovery.”

He has held the role as Shrimps boss since May 2011, but in October 2019, news came out that he would not be taking training at the League Two but instead saying plenty of goodbyes.

Morecambe were bottom of the League Two table, picking up 10 points in 16 matches before he departed, to join AFC Fylde, who are set to be relegated from the National League with playoffs planned to go ahead at the tier below them, opening up more relegation places.

• 2011–12 – 15th of 24
• 2012–13 – 16th of 24
• 2013–14 – 18th of 24
• 2014–15 – 11th of 24
• 2015–16 – 21st of 24
• 2016–17 – 18th of 24
• 2017–18 – 22nd of 24
• 2018–19 – 18th of 24

As mentioned, the AFC Fylde manager receives messages of support from Twitter users up and down the nation ahead of his heart surgery…

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