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Ian Evatt wins third League Two manager of the month award but why Bolton boss would trade them all

Manchester Evening News logo Manchester Evening News 9/04/2021 07:00:00 John McDougall

Bolton Wanderers boss Ian Evatt has won the League Two manager of the month award for the third time this season - but insists he would give them all back if it meant promotion this season.

The Whites boss clinched the award in November and February and has now grabbed a hat-trick of gongs with the one for March.

Bolton won five games and drew one last month as part of a 14 match unbeaten run which continued their positive momentum from February and has taken them firmly into contention for promotion.

That consistent form included crucial wins over promotion rivals Cambridge and Forest Green Rovers.

Evatt paid tribute to his backroom staff for their help in helping him win the accolade, his third of the season.

But he insists he would give all three back if it means Wanderers are playing in League One next season.

Evatt said: "Three out of seven or eight months is great, personally, but it is a team game and I wouldn't be given those awards unless the players were producing the goods on a Saturday.

"Also, I have a backroom staff who work tirelessly hard - Peter (Atherton) my assistant, we do everything together on the grass, Lewis (Duckmanton) the analyst, Matt (Pelham) the fitness coach, Gillo (Matt Gilks) flitting between the two roles, it really is a team effort.


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"Fortunately for me, I am the front face of it all. But on these awards it is a lot of work behind the scenes that goes into getting them.

"I would give all three awards back for that one promotion space at the end of this season - that's the goal at the end of it all."

Danny Wilson chairs the Sky Bet manager of the month judging panel.

He said: "Managers are always pushing their teams for consistency in their quest for success and Ian Evatt's Bolton look to have found that with another good month of results.

"Sixteen points from their six games puts them within touching distance of automatic promotion places."

Sky Sports' EFL pundit Don Goodman said: "Bolton's recent run of form has been the very model of consistency, so it's little wonder that Ian Evatt scoops this award for the second month running.

"His troops extended their unbeaten run until the end of the calendar month, and most impressive of all were their wins over table-toppers Cambridge and a Forest Green side right alongside them in what is proving to be an almighty scrap between plenty of clubs for those top three automatic promotion places."

Sky Bet EFL trader Ivor Davies said: "Bolton Manager Ian Evatt wins his second award on the bounce and his third overall this season after an incredible turnaround in form since November that saw his Bolton side go from nineteenth place to fourth in the table and just outside of the automatic promotion places on goal difference.

"The Trotters won five and drew the other as they embarked on yet another unbeaten month in March and we saw their odds to gain promotion tumble again from 13/8 at the start of the month into as short as 1/16 after they defeated Forest Green a week ago.

"Sky Bet have Evatt's side rated as the best in the division now and fully expect them to go on and achieve promotion back to League One at the first time of asking. They are into 12/1 for the title from 33/1 at the start of March."

9. huhtikuuta 2021 10:00:00 Categories: Manchester Evening News

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