Morecambe appoint performance director

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MORECAMBE boss Jim Bentley has appointed the club’s first ever performance director to his backroom staff.

Brian McGorry, who played for clubs such as Bournemouth, Hereford and Peterborough, has made a name for himself as a personal trainer since his retirement.

The Liverpool-based 41-year-old is known to Bentley as they spent time together at Telford.

The Shrimps boss said: “Brian is one of the most intelligent men I have ever met in football and has a wide range of skills that will help us behind the scenes.

“He has skills in areas such as training methods, nutrition, psychology and communication and will be someone the players will really respect.

“I am really looking forward to working with him and I’m sure we’ll reap the benefits of his skills.”

Another Shrimps coach, Steve McIlhargey, has refuted reports that he has left the club.

Reports circulated that the former Shrimps keeper had left the club for Blue Square Premier side Fleetwood Town but the Scot insists that’s not the case.

He said: “I have managed to free up some more time to agree to help Fleetwood but my intention is to combine the roles with both clubs.

“I have been at Morecambe a long time now and have always enjoyed the role I share with Lee Jones and aim to maintain that role this season as well.

“Obviously if things were not turning out as planned we could review it but I am looking forward to getting back with the lads and working under Jim Bentley.

“If I was going to be leaving Morecambe I would make sure I would do it in the right way so to hear a report saying I was leaving was as disappointing as it was surprising.”

In other news Kevan Hurst, who spent the second half of the season on loan with the Shrimps from Carlisle, has joined League One side Walsall following his release from the Cumbrian club.