AFC Fylde to replace assistant manager Kenny McKenna

AFC Fylde are parting company with their assistant manager Kenny McKenna, the longstanding number two of team boss Jim Bentley.

Wednesday, 8th July 2020, 3:53 pm
Managerial duo Jim Bentley (left) and Kenny McKenna (seated) are to be separated Picture: STEVE MCLELAN

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His departure is set to leave nobody in charge of the club's football side temporarily, with Bentley facing a heart bypass operation which is expected to sideline him for a while.

McKenna has been Bentley's second-in-command throughout his managerial career, which began at Morecambe in 2011. The Liverpudlian pair moved to Mill Farm last October.

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Fylde chairman David Haythornthwaite says the search for a new number two is designed to freshen up the management structure - action he believes should have been taken during Dave Challinor's eight years at the helm.

Speaking in A video interview for the club website, owner Haythornthwaite explained: "Maybe it's time for a change and sometimes it's good to have a new number two. It can get stale.

"I very much felt that with Dave Challinor. With all respect to Colin Woodthorpe (who assisted Challinor throughout his time at Fylde), I felt that Dave should have changed earlier. It keeps you fresh. If you look at Old Trafford, Ferguson always changed his right-hand guy every couple of years and he did it for a reason to keep himself fresh, keep the players fresh, keep everybody on their toes.

"We had a chat about it and felt that was right for the club, so Kenny will be departing. It's always sad in football when you have to let people go. It's a tough business.

"But anyone who knows Kenny knows he is a real character, with a wicked sense of humour and a razor-sharp brain. You'll never get one over on him. I hope we have as amicable a parting as you can have in a divorce.

"We wish Kenny the best and thank him for the work he has done in the brief time he was here. It's sad if he's leaving with a relegation on his CV that certainly wasn't his fault. He was a hard-working guy."

McKenna, who turned 60 last week, had managerial experience with TNS, Cammell Laird and Altrincham before linking up with Bentley nine years ago.