Following the departure of Keith Hill at the end of last season, Bolton Wanderers found themselves looking for a new manager over the course of the summer.
Having suffered relegation from League One the season before as the Trotters continued to feel the effects of their recent financial troubles, the club were under pressure to make the right appointment to help rebuild the squad and stop their slide down the football pyramid.
Eventually, after some weeks of speculation, Bolton got the man they wanted to take over at the club, as they confirmed the appointment of Ian Evatt, having come to an agreement with his now former club Barrow, who were said to have demanded £250,000 for his services.
The former Blackpool defender had just guided Barrow to promotion to League Two from the National League the season before, with Evatt now taking charge of a Football League club for the first time in his career.
Given the challenge facing him at Bolton, that lack of experience may have been a concern for those of a Bolton persuasion, and in our latest FLW Rewind, we’ve taken a look back at how the club’s supporters to Evatt’s appointment, to see whether or not it was justified.
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— luke jones (@LA_jones93) July 1, 2020
Brilliant! We’re on our way back
— David Jones (@BiggishDave74) July 1, 2020
— tony-lee (@Type2Tony) July 1, 2020
— CharlieE (@eshiyfnkhrnjg) July 1, 2020
— matt (@MDBWFC21) July 1, 2020
Got my backing gaffer. Make us dream 👊 #IESWA
— Pete O’Neill (@Leigh_Wigan) July 1, 2020
Fantastic news, welcome to the club Ian !
The futures starts now!
— Chris McKeown (@TheChrisMcKeown) July 1, 2020
— BWFC714 (@bwfc714) July 1, 2020
In all honesty, things have probably not gone as many Bolton fans would have hoped or expected since Evatt’s appointment.
So this season, Wanderers have won just two of the 11 league games they have played under Evatt, with the ten point total they have taken from those games only enough to put them 2oth in the League Two table.
Given the anticipation there was at the start of the season, that is something that will undoubtedly be underwhelming for those Bolton fans who seemingly hoped for so much more following the appointment of Evatt at the start of the season.
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That being said, it can be argued that, having signed no fewer than 20 new senior players across the course of the summer transfer window, it was always going to take time for Evatt to get his new squad to gel.
Indeed, with Bolton having lost just two of their last eight league games, it does seem as though Evatt is starting to slowly but surely get the results to take the club gradually back in the right direction.
With that in mind, while the season may not have started exactly how Bolton had hoped, there is still cause to believe that things can improve, and with so long remaining in the season, there could still be hope of a fairly successful season for the club, particularly by their recent standards.