Morecambe midfielder Kenyon seeks a less stressful time

Morecambe midfielder Alex Kenyon (left).
Morecambe midfielder Alex Kenyon (left).

Alex Kenyon hopes the arrival of Morecambe’s new owners can lead to a more settled time off the pitch.

Having completed five years with the Shrimps, the midfielder has endured a tumultuous time in the last couple of years.

There have been changes in ownership, a transfer embargo and the small matter of players and staff not being paid on time.

However, the takeover by Bond Group Investments Ltd seems to have brought a new optimism on and off the field.

“It would be fantastic though I’ve been here long enough now to expect the unexpected!” Kenyon joked about the new mood around the club.

“The two new guys have come in and the lads hope they will bring everything they say they will.

“The first time it (non-payment of wages) happened with Diego Lemos (former owner) was the first month that I had moved into my house.

“I’d put the deposit down, paid for everything and moved in and then, a month later, we didn’t get paid.

“Players who play in the Premier League can afford to go a month without being paid but it isn’t as nice when you’re in League Two and it doesn’t happen.”

The summer’s overhaul has not been confined to the boardroom with Shrimps boss Jim Bentley having brought in a number of new players.

The hope is that those new arrivals can take Morecambe further up the table and avoid a repeat of last season’s relegation battle.

Some, like Jason Oswell, have made the step up from non-league football while others, like Andrew Tutte, have had success in League Two.

“Someone like Andrew Tutte has come in and looked very sharp,” Kenyon said.

“He’s got a lot of experience and we can use that experience and knowledge in terms of what it needs to get out of this league.

“He’s come in and said a few things in training that have made you stop and think he’s got a point.

“There are different things that people can bring into the club and he’s had a promotion from League Two under his belt so he knows what he’s talking about.”