Former Blackpool and Chesterfield defender Ian Evatt has been named as Barrow AFC’s new manager.

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The 36-year-old replaces Ady Pennock, who left in May after the Bluebirds narrowly avoided relegation on the Vanarama National League final day.

Speaking to the club’s website, managing director Andrew Casson said of Evatt’s appointment: “I am delighted to welcome Ian to the club to lead us forward. We spent a lot of time talking to our shortlist of candidates and Ian’s leadership credentials really stood out to us.

“It was clear to us that he has the drive and determination to win at all costs, which he has done at all levels of the game. He has a fantastic network of footballing contacts from such an impressive playing career which will be important as we build our squad for next season.

“Now the appointment has been made I am looking forward to working with both Ian and Paul Ogden to work quickly on recruitment and get everything in place so we can hit the ground running in pre-season. It was a big decision to make and we’re confident we have the right man for the job after completing such a thorough search.

“To that end, I’d like to thank the fans for their patience over the last few weeks.”

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