Bentley: “I’m looking forward to getting sorted and being back fit doing the job I love as soon as possible”
Last Updated: 03/07/20 8:56pm
AFC Fylde manager Jim Bentley requires heart bypass surgery following tests with medical experts.
The procedure will leave Bentley “sidelined for a while, with required rehabilitation thereafter,” the National League club said in a statement.
“The club will remain in regular contact, supporting our manager in every way it can,” the statement added.
“It is just a concerning time for all at Mill Farm as we send our best wishes to Jim and his family, who is remaining in a confident mindset in regards to the situation whilst receiving the very best care possible.
“We ask that Jim and his family have his privacy respected currently, whilst welcoming the many well wishes already received from the footballing community.”
Bentley managed Morecambe for eight years from 2011 to 2019 after playing for the club, and proceeded to just take charge of Fylde in October a year ago.
He told the club’s website: “At the start of the entire year I had some chest pains whilst doing a little training. After getting examined I was told I had a blockage in another of my arteries. I had some more tests and was placed on medication to help my condition.
“Due to the COVID situation, I haven’t had the opportunity to enter hospital but I finally went in to Liverpool Chest & Heart hospital this week to have a Coronary Angiogram and stent fitted, but as the doctor was carrying out the task he realized that my condition was somewhat worse than first thought.
“It was then recommended I have a heart bypass instead. It’s not the news headlines I wanted but I am thankful I got examined when I did so as this might have been a great deal worse. I’m looking forward to getting sorted and being back fit doing the job I really like as soon as possible.”
AFC Fylde CEO Jonty Castle added: “First and foremost our well wishes are with Jim and that the surgery goes as planned so he makes a speedy recovery. We are in constant contact and he has kept myself and the chairman fully up-to-date with his progress.
“Jim’s a popular figure at Mill Farm amongst the staff, players and the fans so all of us will be looking forward to him returning as soon as he can to lead the club in our 2020/21 campaign. Until his return, we will all be continuing the hard work behind the scenes and giving Jim our full support with anything he may need to help with his recovery.”
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