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Former Telford United favourite Jim Bentley has taken over from ex-Bucks boss Liam Watson as manager at Southport.

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Long-serving Sandgrounders chief Watson admitted he “sacked himself” as boss and will continue in his role as a director.

Bentley, 47, has been out of work since his sacking from League Two Rochdale following a run of just six wins from 32 league games. The ex-Telford defender also managed AFC Fylde after a long-term spell at Morecambe.

It was Watson’s third time in charge at Southport, totalling around 13 years in all. He won the National North in charge of Telford in 2013/14.

“I spoke to Ian (Kyle, chairman) on Wednesday,” explained Watson. “I said to him ‘look, if we were having a board meeting between us as directors, then realistically we’d be saying that we need to change the manager because it needs a bit of freshness’. So I effectively sacked myself.

“But it’s not a decision where I’m feeling sad or emotional. It’s the right decision, taken by two directors who want the best for the football club.”