Barnsley coach and former Cheltenham Town winger Martin Devaney is being linked to the vacant manager’s job at Morecambe according to Gloucestershire Live.

Jim Bentley left the League Two club yesterday to take over at National League AFC Fylde, ending his reign as the longest-serving manager in England’s top four divisions.

Devaney is currently the coach of the Barnsley Under 23’s and is fast growing a reputation for developing youngsters within the game.

Adam Murray is in caretaker charge of the Tykes following the departure of Daniel Stendel leading to Devaney being linked with the permanent job at Oakwell.

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Many of the academy players at Barnsley have enjoyed coming through the ranks and his side have recently beaten Sheffield Wednesday 3-0.

Devaney started out as youth player with Birmingham City and then Coventry City before joining hometown club Cheltenham in 1999.

He has also had spells at Watford, Milton Keynes Dons and Walsall on loan as well as Tranmere Rovers and Kidderminster Harriers before ending his playing career with Worcester City in 2014.

After gaining his UEFA ‘A’ Coaching Licence, Devaney was appointed as a Professional Development Phase Coach at Barnsley in November 2015.

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Losing Bentley who was a long-term servant of Morecambe was a huge blow to the club but with the side languishing at the bottom of the League Two table they will be desperate to make an appointment as soon as possible to help ease their relegation worries and avoid dropping out of the English Football League.


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