Ian Evatt wins November Manager of the Month

Bolton Wanderers Head Coach Ian Evatt has been named the Sky Bet League Two Manager of the Month for November.

Evatt’s first task at Bolton was to instil a winning culture. He did that so successfully in November that 13 points were won from five unbeaten games with a 9-2 goal differential.

Evatt said: “We had some great results and performances in November and the award reflects that.

“We need to build on that momentum and continue improving.

“I’ve got a great staff alongside me and this award recognises their contribution just as much as mine.”

Danny Wilson chairs the Sky Bet Manager of the Month judging panel.

He said: “It was a great month for Ian’s Bolton Wanderers. The team gathered 13 points in November which lifts them to just outside the play-offs after a difficult start to the campaign.”

Sky Sports’ EFL pundit Don Goodman said: “Prayers were answered in November, as it was vital to turn the tide after an unexpectedly poor start to the campaign. Ian Evatt deserves a lot of credit for turning the ship around during a difficult period.

“A run of five unbeaten games was the perfect tonic and the 13 points collected has left the outlook looking much rosier for the Wanderers.”

Sky Bet EFL trader Ivor Davies said: “The original feeling was that Bolton would take to life in League Two at a canter and gain promotion straight back to League One at the first time of asking.

“Going into November however, Ian Evatt’s 5/1 pre-season favourites had won just two games from ten and found themselves in 19th place with just nine points.

“After a solid month though, which started with a win against Salford in front of the Sky cameras, things have slowly started to turn around for Evatt’s side, who put together four wins on the bounce to ease them away from the relegation zone and into mid table.

“This has got them looking up again and The Trotters are back into 7/2 for promotion from 11/2 at the start of the month. They can be backed at 25/1 to win the title this season.”

The Sky Bet Manager of the Month judging panel comprises former Barnsley manager Danny Wilson, Sky Sports’ EFL expert Don Goodman; EFL Communications Director Mark Rowan, and Sky Bet EFL trader Ivor Davies.

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