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Ian Evatt wins second successive Manager of the Month award

9 April 2021

Bolton Wanderers Manager Ian Evatt has been named Sky Bet League Two Manager of the Month for the second month on the trot.

After picking up the accolade in February, the Wanderers manager guided his players to five wins and one draw during March as they continued their unbeaten run which included victories against promotion rivals Cambridge United and Forest Green Rovers.

Evatt has now won the award on three occasions this term following the one he earned in November.

He said: “I’m fortunate enough to be the front for it all but it’s the hard work from everybody that gets you these awards. The players, the rest of my staff, the management team and everyone around the club, this is for us all.

“But I’m sure we’ll swap the three I’ve won already for the big one at the end of the season – that’s the main goal.”

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.”

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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