Bolton boss hurt as he’s warned by police of potential fan trouble at Barrow

    Bolton Wanderers boss Ian Evatt has been left hurt and disappointed as he’s warned by police of potential fan trouble at Barrow.

    It will be Evatt’s first return to his former club, whom he won promotion with, being crowned the National League champions based on points-per-game earlier this year, guiding the Bluebirds back to the EFL after a 48-year absence.

    He departed in favour of a move to newly relegated Bolton Wanderers, who were set to play in the fourth tier of English football for the first time since the 1987/88 season.

    It would seem that his move has still left a bitter taste in some of the mouths of Barrow fans, and they are planning on welcoming back to Holker Street, in unwanted fashion.

    It is understood a small group of supporters plan to demonstrate against the former Bluebirds Head Coach upon his arrival to the ground, although Evatt was quick to play down the seriousness of the situation by admitting he holds no ill-feeling towards his one-time employers or their followers.

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    “Simon Marland, our secretary, received an email from Barrow police that they’ve had intelligence that certain members of Barrow’s support will be there as a ‘welcoming party’ for me before the game,” Evatt told the Manchester Evening News.

    “I don’t know what’s happening but the police are aware of it.

    “It’s just disappointing because we shared so many good things together, we did so many good things but unfortunately things in football don’t last forever.

    “I’ve taken a fantastic job with a fantastic opportunity and it was a decision that was hard to make, but I made that decision and Barrow were handsomely rewarded, not only from promotion but also financially, so we should be pleased for each other and we move on. It’s that simple.

    “I haven’t got a bad word to say about Barrow’s support, Barrow’s board, Barrow’s players, Barrow’s staff – it was just my own personal decision for my own career.”

    Bolton and Barrow have met just once previously – in round three of the FA Cup back in January 1991.

    11,475 were at Burnden Park that afternoon to witness a 1-0 Wanderers victory.

    Evatt said on being emotional after the 2-1 defeat at home to Oldham on Saturday with his post-match press conference: What you see with me is what you get. There isn’t an agenda, there isn’t any misleadingness, but I always speak the truth and I speak from my heart and I feel like that way, I can engage with supporters but also engage with you guys and you know how I’m feeling and you’ll know that I’ll never tell lies. I will always speak the truth and what I feel and that’s the best way to be as a person in my opinion.

    Evatt has his say on the game he is expecting against his former side, now managed by former Blackburn Rovers midfielder David Dunn, who is currently in self-isolation after testing positive for coronavirus. “Barrow away is a difficult game for any away team and firsthand I know this because the conditions can be difficult, it’s normally blowing a gale – hopefully they’ve turned the wind machines off! – but it’s a tough place to go.

    “Not only that, you add the emotion of what’s happened with me there and me leaving in the summer and the players that are left there and the players that I’ve took on here, there’s no two ways about it, it’s going to be a really difficult game. But I have firm belief that we can beat any team in this league provided that we play the way I want us to play and play the way on what I’ve seen in training and Tuesday night is no different.”

    Fans reacted after reading that Bolton boss Ian Evatt has been left hurt as he’s warned by police of potential fan trouble at Barrow on Tuesday…

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