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Breaking News ! Ian Evatt has explained the hands on coaching style he is implementing as Bolton Wanderers boss and the advantages of recently being a player in the modern dressing room which are helping him forge a path in management. Evatt was appointed as Wanderers boss over the summer and penned a three-year contract at the University of Bolton Stadium. The role is his third job in football management, which began when he was placed in caretaker charge of Chesterfield at the end of the 2017/18 campaign. After leaving the Spireites, Evatt moved to National League side Barrow and spent two seasons with the Cumbrian side, which culminated in winning promotion back to the EFL as champions earlier this year, after the season was decided on a points-per-game model due to the coronavirus pandemic. But Evatt moved to Wanderers over the summer after the two clubs agreed a compensation package. He has since brought in 17 new players to Bolton so far and crafted a new playing squad with a new playing style. And, along with assistant Peter Atherton, he is being hands on in his approach to training at the Lostock training ground with his new club. He said: "I don’t want to be a manager who sits in an office and expects everyone else to do my work for me. Me and Peter have the same alignment in terms of how we want the team to play. "We work together in making sure the players are well coached. That’s my role. I want to be hands on. I want to see everything, be part of everything, so then there’s no excuses. It’s on me and that’s the way I am and that’s the way I’ll continue." Read More Related Articles Former Bolton Wanderers trialist and ex-Liverpool and Rangers man Charlie Adam joins new club Read More Related Articles EFL invite applications for further pilot matches and what it means for Bolton Wanderers Evatt's playing career came to an end at the conclusion of the 2017/18 campaign when he was released by Chesterfield. Having only been out of a dressing room as a player for a few years, Evatt believes that is something he can use to his advantage. The Bolton boss also recalled how Derby County boss Jim Smith was with young players when a teenage Evatt was coming through the ranks at Pride Park. And the experiences he has had throughout his playing career has taught Evatt that different management tactics must be used on each individual to get the best out of them. He said: "Because I’m a young manager/head coach, whatever you want to call it, the benefits are for me that I’m quite new to coming out of a dressing room.
. "Jim would have a big cigar on and he’d splatter you against the wall if you got beat on a Saturday. The further throughout your career that you move, times and the world has changed and you cannot talk to people and treat young players especially, the way that I was treated as a young kid. "Now I’m not saying that was a bad thing, because it gave me a proper education and I knew where I stood. I knew my standards had to be up there.
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"Nowadays young people in particular, not just in football but in the world in general, struggle with adversity, struggle with negativity, struggle with criticism, so you have to manage them a different way and luckily for me, because I captained more or less throughout my career, I picked that up and I understood what got the best out of the younger players but also what gets the best out of the older ones. "You cannot treat a different player in the same way, each to their own. You have to figure out pretty quickly. Management is the same in any business, what motivates your employees, find out pretty quickly what motivates them and then use that tool." And Evatt explained his no-nonsense approach he has when it comes to telling players why they might not have a place in the team, adding that they will be aware in no uncertain terms of what they need to do to improve. He explained: "What they’ll know and they’ll learn from me and one thing I learnt as a player, is that when a manager is straight and honest with you, you can accept it and you might not always agree with it, but you’ll respect him and you’ll accept it. "It’s when managers go around the houses and make excuses as to why you're not playing or make excuses as to why you’ve done this or done that. "Look a man in the eye, tell them straight what he’s doing wrong and then he either learns and improves and comes back again, or he isn’t for us and I’ll gladly shake his hand on the way out the door.
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"It’s that simple. That’s football and they have to understand that we are in a results based business, but also this football club moving forwards is going to be honest, open and upfront, demanding, yes, but when it comes to grasswork, pitch work, matchday results, it is strictly business. "If we’re sat in the training ground or in a hotel or in the stadium having a cup of tea or a coffee, we’ll have a laugh and a joke and I’ll be a really good guy. But on the grass I want to win and it is that business, that switch on that you need to have that mental turn off."