Ian Evatt Comments on Sarcevic Transfer

  • October 23, 2021 | By Chris Mann
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Ian Evatt has commented on Antoni Sarcevic's surprise transfer to Stockport County, expressing his thanks to the former Bolton captain.

Supporters were left stunned on Friday afternoon when, outside of the EFL transfer window, the 29-year-old dropped two divisions on the eve of a home fixture against Gillingham.

Sarcevic took to social media later that evening to show his gratitude to Trotters followers and Evatt admits the player, who was out of contract at the end of the season, was offered an opportunity he found too difficult to turn down.

"We are thankful and grateful for what Antoni did for this football club," Evatt told the Manchester Evening News.

"He was a fantastic player for us, was a big part in our promotion, and he's played a huge part in us starting our season in League One.

"He was out of contract in the summer and Stockport made contact. We understood the type of deal that was going to come to fruition for him and I believe it was the best for him and the best for Bolton Wanderers moving forwards for him to move on."

Speculation had been rife on social media in the hours leading up to Sarcevic's departure on Friday afternoon, with some suggesting a falling out had occurred between he and manager Evatt in the aftermath of Tuesday's defeat at Plymouth Argyle.

When that scenario was put to the Trotters boss, he moved to quash the rumours by saying any decision to leave a football club ultimately falls at the feet of the player in question.

"The last time I checked, I don't think a manager can force a player to sign for another club," he added.

"Obviously you have to, as a player, decide if you want to leave or not and it was Antoni's decision to leave, so we wish him well and good luck for the future."

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