Bolton Wanderers manager Ian Evatt lets rip in a rant about his own fans in response to a quote whilst in his press conference.
The Trotters took on the boss’ former club in Barrow and picked up a 1-0 win to incredibly go 7th in the League Two table. Fantastic considering they weren’t long ago just above the relegation zone.
Now majority of fans are thrilled with that win and climbing into the playoff places, however for some, they didn’t like the way they went about the win and how they played.
Most of Evatt’s comments are ‘aimed at comments made in commentary on the platform. though there is a reference to general negativity among fans but it was definitely not a pot-shot’, as stated by Marc Iles.
Ian Evatt responded angrily to ‘negative’ reaction to the victory against Barrow – saying he’s “baffled” by some of what the fanbase commented after watching..
As reported by Bolton News, it’s understood that remarks made in the club’s iFollow commentary, and in particular those of ex-Bolton player Gary Henshaw, have been particularly taken to heart.
Speaking at his pre-Oldham press conference, Evatt said he couldn’t understand how the mood had been so downbeat.
“It’s amazing,” he said. “Don’t watch us. If you don’t want to support the team then don’t bother. I don’t understand how anyone can be negative at the moment considering what we have been through in recent history.
“I cannot for the life of me understand how anyone can be negative about Saturday.
“A team came and had two banks of five, defended in their own half for the majority of the game, we made 630-odd passes, more forward passes than most of the league did in the entirety of their passing in a football match. We don’t smash it long, we don’t boot it, we try and create, what is there to be negative about? We have just won five straight games and six out of seven, what is there to be negative about? What is the matter with people?
“It is almost as if people have got used to criticising, used to negatives. And when Bolton are doing well, it upsets them. How can that be?
“I’m absolutely baffled, astounded. I honestly do care how we win. And you ask all the other managers, all the other people in football about how Bolton Wanderers play and they will say we’re a fantastic team which plays football the right way. That is how we should be spoken about and it’s how we should have been spoken about following the game on Saturday. That’s a fact.
A section of our fans will never be happy they only seem to come out when we are doing bad
— Andrew James (@AndrewJ30790765) March 1, 2021
“If you don’t like us passing it around and want us to boot it up to the front man, it’s not changing. We can’t boot it up there because we haven’t got any physicality at the top end of the pitch. That is what these League Two defenders want – big hairy-***** defenders who are 6ft 5ins want to head it out all day long. They don’t want us moving and probing them and having rotations and passing patterns, that’s what they don’t want.
“If you want to see that then go and watch someone else because you are not going to see it here, that’s my message to them. And I am talking about one person in particular there and you all know who I am talking about.”
Evatt was also upset by a claim in, taken from Bolton FM, that Shaun Miller’s goal had been offside and “covered a multitude of sins”.
“It’s important that you understand how it happened,” he said. “It was the 92nd and 93rd minute of the game.
“We could have easily panicked and just booted it forward to someone who is five foot eight, five foot nine and couldn’t win a header.
“We didn’t. We picked and we probed and we were patient and then one bit of good movement from Shaun and Arthur and a good pass from Declan scored us a legitimate goal, a well worked goal.
“Nothing flukey, nothing lucky, nothing fortunate about it. It was well worked.”
Fans reacted as the Bolton manager lets rip in a rant about the iFollow commentary and his own fans, see what was tweeted below…
@TS1996BCFC: I don’t get it from a Bolton perspective they’re in league 2 they’ve struggled financially and the blokes got you lot in the play offs your starting again you ain’t got Man City players how can you be negative
@Bartims: Wow And I agree with every word of it
@Gradaaay92: Bolton fans for you!
@LongworthNeil: Wheelbarrow came and parked two fucking buses, their players became bus conductors. We did what we could. Knocked in their door til the very end and it paid off. A win 3 points and play off positions. I’m not negative. Some Bolton fans just like moaning.
@Blueweevils: Big difference between negativity and constructive criticism. I would like us to play the ball much quicker at times as we do allow sides to regroup in front of us and that makes our task harder to play through them. Is that negative or an observation?.
@RobWolstoncroft: Why is the manager reacting to 1% of the fans. 99% of us can see the progress in the passing style we have craved for years. The imprint of pass and move will make a lasting change that will improve as we get better players. Long may it continue.
@dannybooth11: Absolutely bang on. Dominating teams, keeping clean sheets, great build-up play, in the play offs. And people still moan
@Lesleyd83061610: Everything he says is true the person concerned on the commentary is bloody awful I just turn the sound down when he is on it just shows how passionate Ian Evatt is about the club from a dodgy start to where we are now is beyond mine and a lot of fans expectations
Reaction continued as Bolton manager lets rip in rant about iFollow commentary and some of his club’s own fans…
@GarethHulme: Watching Saturday was a tough watch, watching a team park the bus. It was frustrating but the lads found a way and takes some bottle to take Dapo, Doyle off so credit due to the manager. As long as we keep winning I don’t care. Player good at port vale and got battered
@FreddieBWFC: Absolutely fair enough.
@markyatesbwfc; Was negative whilst it the game was being played, I was chuffed at the end, then was questioning my own patience at times. The life of a bolton fan
@TheChrisMcKeown: I may have missed something but I’ve not seen much negativity recently,if we was still in the same position from around a month ago and not improved,then perhaps-but after our recent form,now in the play off zone-most are hopeful-knowing full well it’s still a big challenge #bwfc
— 🏴 (@Samsbwfc) March 1, 2021