Barrow AFC need a change in mentality and stop thinking of themselves as underdogs if they are to achieve what they are capable of as a club, according to manager Ian Evatt.

Under Evatt, the Bluebirds have managed to put behind them last season’s narrow escape from relegation and are comfortably in midtable in the National League with the current campaign in its closing stages.

However, he has always stated that his ultimate aim during his time in charge is to return to the club to the Football League for the first time since 1972.

He’ll have the chance to continue the progress shown since his appointment last summer after the 37-year-old revealed after last Saturday’s 2-1 home defeat against Boreham Wood that he is close to agreeing a new contract.

Evatt said: “It’s not just about the players having that mentality of belief, it’s the whole club, the fans, the town.

“We are seen as underdogs still, I believe, I think the fans still see us as underdogs – it’s kind of a glass half-empty, rather than half-full kind of place.”

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