Bolton Boss Admits to Turning Down James McClean

  • August 21, 2021 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton boss Ian Evatt has revealed he turned down the opportunity to sign James McClean, who this week joined Wigan Athletic from Stoke City.

McClean made headlines in recent days when he told BBC Radio Manchester that he would 'never, ever' think about making a switch to Wanderers, who had been heavily linked with the former Republic of Ireland international in certain media outlets.

Evatt has denied any such interest in the player, however, believing McClean's agent has used the club's name in order to broker a better contract with Latics - who host the Trotters in the Carabao Cup this coming Tuesday.

"I heard the quotes and I find it very amusing," Evatt told The Bolton News.

"If that is the case then he needs to communicate with his agent, because he didn't stop ringing me for three weeks after I'd told him no.

"That's the nature of the beast, it is what it is. We read what he had to say, we smiled and laughed, and maybe there's a communication issue with the agent because after I'd told him no, he carried on ringing. Obviously, Bolton can't be too bad to play for.

"We were never interested in James McClean. It was his agent trying to get him to us and whether they have used us to try and get a better deal out of Wigan, I don't know. That is sometimes the case.

"To come out and make a statement like that, it is false - completely false.

"His agent was ringing my phone off the hook."

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