bolton wanderers, Key Bolton Wanderers figure makes revelation over Championship interest in Ian Evatt

Key Bolton Wanderers figure makes revelation over Championship interest in Ian Evatt

Bolton Wanderers chairman Sharon Brittain has said Ian Evatt has ‘turned down’ offers from Championship clubs on three occasions.

Bolton Wanderers have had manager Ian Evatt at the helm of the club since July 2020.

He was brought in following his impressive work with Barrow and has led a bright chapter in the club’s history as they embark on their journey back up the leagues.

bolton wanderers, Key Bolton Wanderers figure makes revelation over Championship interest in Ian Evatt
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In a football world where managers are sacked regularly and bosses take up opportunities to move on, the 42-year-old has dealt with the rough and the smooth with the Trotters. Now, he’s nearing four years at the reins.

It seems that Evatt hasn’t been without opportunities to move onto a higher level either.

Speaking when quizzed by a select committee on Tuesday (as quoted by The Bolton News), Bolton Wanderers chairman Sharon Brittain revealed that Evatt has turned down three jobs in the Championship, all of which would have offered significant pay increases.

Highlighting how the culture at the club is different to others, she said:

“Generally in football it can be a non-trusting environment.

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“I have a manager which has stayed with me for three years and has turned down three jobs in the Championship which would have given him three times his salary, I have a CEO that has stayed with me for three-and-a-half years, I have built a team of trusted people because we are working in a culture that everyone has brought into on the journey where this football club is going.”

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bolton wanderers, Key Bolton Wanderers figure makes revelation over Championship interest in Ian Evatt

Who is this?

In good hands

After years of mismanagement, financial uncertainty and struggles on the pitch, Bolton Wanderers fans can safely say they’re in good hands when it comes to both their manager and ownership now.

Of course, there have been tough moments over the past four years. Perhaps, in an ideal world, promotion back to the Championship would have already been secured. However, as Brittain highlighted, there is a clear culture at the club now, and having experienced such hardship previously, that is of great value.

bolton wanderers, Key Bolton Wanderers figure makes revelation over Championship interest in Ian Evatt
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The fact Evatt has turned down the chance to move onto Championship clubs highlights how invested he is in the future of Bolton Wanderers too.

Hopefully, sooner rather than later, he’ll be able to lead the club in the second-tier.

The current priority

The long-term vision taken by those in power at Bolton Wanderers has been key in getting them to the strong position they find themselves in but in the immediate future, the full focus is on promotion to the Championship.

Having missed out on a top two spot in League One, the Trotters are fighting it out in the play-offs to join Portsmouth and Derby County in rising from the third-tier.

Evatt’s side survived a second-leg scare to progress to the final, where they will face Oxford United in a winner-takes-all tie.

The Yellows defeated Peterborough United in their play-off semi-final and after a host of near misses in previous seasons, they’ll be determined to claim their spot in the Championship too.

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