Barrow manager Ian Evatt has emerged as a candidate for the Rochdale job.

The League One side are in the hunt for a new boss after sacking Keith Hill yesterday. Evatt, who is 37-years-old, is the frontrunner for the vacant position on SkyBet.

He was appointed manager of National League side Barrow in June and his side are currently 12th in the league.

Evatt was placed in caretaker charge of Chesterfield at the end of last season but could not prevent them from slipping into non-league. Nevertheless, the damage was already done and he has grasped his opportunity to impress at Barrow.

The former defender racked up just under 600 appearances in his career for a variety of different clubs. He started his career at Derby County and rose through the youth ranks with the Rams.

Evatt left Derby in 2003 to have his first spell at Chesterfield. He was snapped up by QPR two years later before joining Blackpool in 2006.

He became a key player for the Tangerines and played in League One, the Championship and the Premier League for them in his 251 appearances.

Evatt went on to have a final spell at Chesterfield prior to his retirement. He has taken his first steps into management now and could already be rewarded with a move to Rochdale from Barrow.

Other candidates for Dale job consist of former Grimsby Town, Shrewsbury Town and Ipswich Town boss Paul Hurst as well as other names such as Steve Evans and Darrell Clarke. The72 picked out five potential candidates yesterday.


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