The Mail say that Barrow AFC co-owner Tony Shearer is impressed by the level of improvements manager Ian Evatt has made to the team in less than a season in charge of the Bluebirds.

Shearer, who retired as CEO of Foodbuy last year, is part of the consortium also made up of chairman Paul Hornby, Mark Hetherington, Kristian Wilkes and the Bluebirds Trust that took control of the club last November.

During a visit from the United States, he was in attendance at Holker Street on the final day of last season, when AFC were battling for their lives against relegation from the National League.

Shearer said: “We came to that Chester game last April and it was the worst performance I’d ever seen, and I’ve been coming here since 1968.

“They’ve always been a good team, Barrow, they’ve always tried and I was really disappointed that day. The whole experience was poor and I was a bit fed up with that.

“However, in August I went to a game this season at Leyton Orient and I couldn’t believe the quality of the football they were playing.”

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