Ian Evatt is adamant that chairman Sharon Brittan and the Bolton Wanderers board do not have to show him any financial evidence of their backing to reach the Championship as he has always received what he has asked for from them as he hailed their ‘miraculous’ work to get the club to where it is.
Wanderers finished last season ninth in League One and are aiming to build on that positive result as a newly promoted team in the new campaign. The club is aiming to mount a promotion charge and target the top six at least.
The Whites are due to return for pre-season training on June 17, before jetting out to Portugal for a training camp a few days later on June 19. Wanderers boss Evatt hopes to have the squad fundamentally in place by the start of pre-season in terms of getting their transfer window business done early.
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Wanderers were last in the Championship in 2019, before suffering back-to-back relegations to League One and then League Two. Wanderers achieved promotion back to League One under Evatt in the 2020/21 season, before finishing ninth in the recently concluded campaign.
The Whites are seeking to return back to the second tier of English football as soon as possible. The Championship is a hugely competitive division though with big budgets and money being spent as teams drop down from the Premier League with parachute payments.
But Evatt is adamant that he will never ask for the biggest budget in any division and vows that Brittan and the Football Ventures hierarchy do not have to provide evidence of finances as they aim to reach the Championship. He has that belief as he has always been given what he has asked for by the board.
Having taken over the club in 2019, Evatt believes the job that Brittan and Football Ventures have done outside of Bolton is underappreciated, as he hailed the work done as ‘miraculous’.
He said: “They don’t need to provide me with any evidence apart from their word, because anything I’ve ever asked for, they’ve given me. I’m never going to be the manager that asks for the highest budget, I’m never going to be the manager that gets dictated to or dominated by budgets, because you can recruit any budget.
“It’s just about me doing the best job that I can do for Bolton Wanderers and it makes it look a lot smarter as a football club if we’re spending seventh, eighth, ninth in the division and end up getting promoted because it means what we’ve done is better than people who have spent more money than us.
“If football was a world where you spend the most money, you win, then it would be a different conversation, but fortunately it’s not that. I think the position the board and Sharon have got this club in a short space of time is miraculous and outside of Bolton, not in Bolton, is underappreciated, I really do.
“Everything that I’ve ever asked for, they’ve given me and I can’t ever see things being any different. Sharon is amazing as an owner, the board of directors have done nothing but support me and as I know, everyone is highly ambitious and wants to get this club back to where it belongs. That’s the legacy that we want to leave so we’ll do everything we can within our means to make sure that happens.”
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.