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Bolton Wanderers set to appoint new manager

Bolton Wanderers are set to appoint a new manager following weeks of talking to candidates who want the job role.

There have been many managers listed as favourites to become the new boss at the newly relegated club, but Bolton seem to finally have the man they wanted.

That is former footballer turned manager Ian Evatt, who most recently guided Barrow to the National League title.

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Five days ago, the chairman of Barrow, Paul Hornby, warned that the Trotters will need to pay “a massive amount of compensation” in one installment in order to appoint manager Ian Evatt as their new boss.

He also insisted that the four time FA Cup winners had not yet made an approach for their manager – but accepts there will come a time when he will have to depart.

Three days ago, it was understood that the Cumbrian club had rejected an offer from Bolton Wanderers for their manager.

The Bluebirds set a buy-out fee of £250,000 for the services of Evatt, who has two years left on his contract, and it was believed Bolton’s offer fell considerably short of that figure.

However, details emerged on Monday afternoon that a fee was agreed to bring Ian Evatt and Peter Atherton in from Barrow.


37 year old Evatt is a former Blackpool and Chesterfield defender who took over at Holker Street back in June 2018 and guided them to 10th place in the National League last season.

This campaign, which was cancelled, but results stood, saw them top of the league and four points ahead of second place Harrogate Town.

He was also caretaker manager at Chesterfield for the final three games of their time in the EFL and has impressed ever since.

Playing stats
1999–2003 – Derby County – 34 games (0 goals)
2001 → Northampton Town (loan) – 11 games (0 goals)
2003–2005 – Chesterfield – 84 games (9 goals)
2005–2007 – Queens Park Rangers – 27 games (0 goals)
2006–2007 → Blackpool (loan) – 26 games (0 goals)
2007–2013 – Blackpool – 204 games (9 goals)
2013–2018 – Chesterfield – 148 games (4 goals)
Total – 534 games (22 goals)

Teams managed
2018 – Chesterfield (caretaker) – 3 games, 1 win, 0 draws, 2 defeats – 33.3 win %
2018-2020 – Barrow – 90 games, 40 wins, 21 draws, 29 defeats – 44.4 win %

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