Jim Bentley has been getting a close look at England’s World Cup squad.
The Morecambe boss is currently halfway through a two-week residential coaching course at the FA’s National Football Centre, St George’s Park, as he works towards his UEFA A licence.
During his first week, Bentley shared a hotel with Roy Hodgson’s select few and also got to observe training as part of his studies.
And that was just one part of an enlightening time in Burton.
The Shrimps manager said: “It’s been a bit mad.
“Gary Neville popped in to say a few words and David Cameron was even round on a tour.
“I was in the same hotel as England and we got to watch them train.
“We also watched the England under 19s game against Ukraine as part of our course and had to do an assessment in pairs.
“(Accrington Stanley manager) James Beattie, (former Fulham and Portugal striker) Luis Boa Morte, (Newcastle youth team coach) Steve Stone, (former Liverpool midfielder) Salif Diao and loads of others are on the course.
“There’s 38 of us and 30 more doing a different part of licence like Robbie Fowler, Paul Dickov and Nigel Clough.”
Being away from the Globe Arena and the North West has made it more difficult for the Shrimps boss to conduct transfer business but Bentley says there are positives and negatives.
He said: “I’ve spoken to one or two targets, a left back is still our main priority, but it’s difficult when you’re away. “If you’re going to sign someone you want to meet with them.
“But I’m getting some great contacts here.”