Ian Evatt appointed Bolton Wanderers manager
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Bolton Wanderers have filled their managerial vacancy by hiring former Barrow boss Ian Evatt. The 38-year old leaves the Bluebirds after guiding them back to the Football League for the first time in 48 years for the financially troubled EFL League Two side.

In succeeding Keith Hill, who oversaw the club's relegation to the fourth tier for the first time in 33 years, Evatt signed a three-year contract through the 2022/2023 season, bringing top assistant Peter Atherton with him to the University of Bolton Stadium.

'An incredible opportunity'

At his introductory press conference, Evatt was delighted to have the opportunity to take the reins of the former Premier League outfit.

"Bolton Wanderers is a fantastic football club with an incredible history and fanbase and this is really a exciting opportunity for us all", he said. "Hopefully I can bring a brand and an identity that people will enjoy watching - attacking and scoring goals is what we want to see.

"We want to be competing and challenging at the top of the division and to see a packed University of Bolton StadiumThe community and town is also very important for me. We will get out there and engage with them and make them proud of Bolton Wanderers."

Wanderers executives "thrilled" and "over the moon" for new manager

Club chairman Sharon Brittan, said:

“We are absolutely thrilled to bring Ian on board. I am certain that his style of football will keep us all entertained and he is very enthusiastic about his opportunity to represent the club in the town and community.

"We have followed a thorough process in identifying Ian as the right person to take us on the next stage of our journey and can't wait for it to get started."

Head of Football Operations Tobias Phoenix added, "we are delighted to welcome Ian to Bolton Wanderers Football Club and are over the moon to get our man. We had a very clear idea of how we wanted to shape the future of this fantastic football club on and off the grass.

"Ian epitomizes everything we wanted in a head coach. We are all excited to get to work in preparation for the new season."