Morecambe boss: Off-field matters need to be sorted out

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An exasperated Ged Brannan wants Morecambe’s off-field issues to be resolved once and for all after another twist on Thursday.

Preparations for Saturday’s trip to Stockport County were overshadowed by a three-point deduction after being charged with failing to adhere to the terms of an Agreed Decision.

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Having been 12th in League Two, five points adrift of the play-offs, the Shrimps are now 14th and eight points off the top seven with only three games left.

Morecambe boss Ged Brannan Picture: Ben Roberts/Getty ImagesMorecambe boss Ged Brannan Picture: Ben Roberts/Getty Images
Morecambe boss Ged Brannan Picture: Ben Roberts/Getty Images
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“I’m absolutely gutted for everyone,” the Morecambe boss said.

“The players, the staff, the fans and the board at this club are all lovely people who want to do well; when the players found out, they were gutted.

“Stuff that happens on the pitch, I can take the blame for, but anything off the pitch is out of our control and it’s not fair on the players or any of the staff here.

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“It doesn’t rain but it pours so, hopefully, the owner gets the ownership stuff sorted sooner rather than later.

“I’m not going to lie; it’s a mess and my head’s all over the place and there are times I don’t know whether I’m coming or going.

“There’s a lot of stuff we need to get sorted out, stuff that needs to get done.

“What I will say is the players have been outstanding since I’ve come in, I haven’t got a bad word to say about any of them.”

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Against that backdrop, Morecambe’s players face the prospect of being guests at someone else’s celebration this weekend.

The Hatters are set for promotion as they face a Shrimps team who have lost six of their last eight – but have the division’s seventh best away record.

Brannan said: “Stockport are a great side but there’s nothing better than going and spoiling a party.

“We have nothing to lose and, away from home, I would never go against us because we’ve shown what we can do.”