Evatt on Jobs, Financial Motivation and Making History

  • July 27, 2022 | By Chris Mann
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Ian Evatt has revealed he took calls from rival clubs regarding their managerial vacancies this summer but admits to having everything he needs at Bolton.

Appointed Wanderers boss in June 2020 after guiding Barrow into the EFL as National League champions, Evatt achieved promotion in his debut campaign at the University of Bolton Stadium and continued his own personal progression last season by securing a 9th-placed finish in League One.

Speculation linking the 40-year-old with posts at Blackburn Rovers, Blackpool and Derby County, amongst others, quickly passed by during the off-season and Evatt admits there was some initial interest in his services.

"There were conversations as to my availability," Evatt told BBC Radio Manchester's The Wanderer podcast.

"Those questions were very quickly knocked back to say I'm unavailable, not interested and more than happy with where I am.

"Honesty and transparency - the first person I picked up the phone to following those conversations was Sharon Brittan just to say what had happened, that I'm not interested and I love my job here. Me and Sharon have a fantastic relationship.

"There isn't an agenda from me. There's no 'give me a new contract', 'do this for me' or 'do that for me'. It's just to say 'this has happened, I love it here, I'm all in and let's carry on.'

"It's as simple as that and that's as far as it went. It was never going to be any different for me."

Evatt's personal achievements at this early stage of his managerial career is sure to see him linked with future openings should Bolton make a positive start to the 2022/23 campaign, but he says money is no agenda to him and he would much rather make history as the first person to take a club from the fourth-tier up to the Premier League.

"To be honest, at the moment there isn't a lot that could prize me away and that's the God's honest truth," he added.

"I came here for a reason and a purpose. I wanted to go on a journey with this football club, this owner and the group of investers behind her to get this fantastic club back where it belongs.

"I'm not financially motivated. I have everything I need and want in life and what motivates me is having success, being successful and being that first manager to take a club from League Two to the Premier League.

"That's really what motivates me, nothing else. People can come an offer me all the money in the world but it doesn't really matter to me. It's not about that, for me it's about what I stand for, the beliefs I have and the journey I bought into on day one at this football club.

"There have been challenging times for me in that process. At times there have been people calling for my head.

"We've had bad runs of form but there's been loyalty from the football club towards me. That means the world and obviously I'll repay that in spades."

Sky Bet League One Standings

Pos Team Pld Pts
2 Peterborough United 4 9
3 Portsmouth 4 8
4 Bolton Wanderers 4 8
5 Exeter City 4 7
6 Charlton Athletic 4 7
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