Barrow Chairman Warns Bolton Off Ian Evatt

  • June 23, 2020 | By Chris Mann
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Barrow chairman Paul Hornby has warned off potential suitors of in-demand manager Ian Evatt, who is being heavily linked with the vacant post at Bolton.

Wanderers are actively searching for the successor to Keith Hill, who will officially depart the University of Bolton Stadium when his contract expires on June 30, and Evatt currently heads a list of names with online bookmaker Sky Bet.

Out-of-work names such as David Lee, Steven Reid and Michael Jolley are understood to have been interviewed on Monday but speculation linking Evatt with a switch to the Trotters persist, prompting Hornby to speak publicly about the situation for the first time.

"There's nothing to talk about just now," Hornby told BBC Cumbria Sport.

"We've always said he's a very good manager and he's got a lot of skills other managers don't have. He's very tenacious and he wants to be the best.

"He obviously wants to step up at some point and we know at some juncture he'll go.

"Me and Tony (Shearer) - [Barrow AFC co-owner] - have been very open with him and said: 'if you do well this season, your next stop is the Championship'.

"He's been linked with nearly every job that has come up - Blackpool, AFC Fylde, Bristol Rovers, Cambridge - you could rhyme them off.

"But there's nothing to know just now."

Whilst claiming no approaches have yet been made for his first-team manager, Hornby admits Evatt may find it difficult to turn down the lure of more established EFL clubs but says Barrow must be suitably compensated as per the terms of a contractual arrangement in place at Holker Street.

"We made sure when he signed his new contract that there was a 'golden handcuff' with a massive amount of compensation and I'm unrelenting on that," he added.

"If anyone did come in, there's no installments. If you want him, you pay it in one hit."

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