AFC Fylde manager Jim Bentley has spoken about the effect last season’s relegation had on him.

Bentley left his role as long-serving Morecambe boss to take over at Fylde, then fighting to pull away from danger in the National League, in October 2019.

The Coasters were ultimately relegated on a points-per-game basis, having had their league season cut short after 37 games.

Speaking as part of an extended interview with the club’s website, Bentley said:

“On a personal point of view, last season’s relegation had a huge effect on my career. From November to July, I went from being a League Two manager to a National League North manager.

“With that, I took a 25% pay cut, which was in my contract. So that decision has not only affected my career but also my personal life.

“Mentally it has been really tough to take. I am extremely grateful that I am still in work while the pandemic continues to affect livelihoods across the country, but the events of last season and this season have seriously affected my life.”

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