The Sheffield Star say former Chesterfield defender Ian Evatt has ruled himself out of the running to be the next Spireites manager, saying “that ship has sailed.”

Evatt, who made more than 200 appearances for Chesterfield across two spells, is in charge at National League leaders AFC Barrow.

The 38-year-old had a short spell as Town’s caretaker boss in 2018 after Jack Lester was sacked but the club decided against appointing him permanently and instead opted for Martin Allen.

Following the sacking of John Sheridan last Thursday Evatt was one of the first names linked with the job but despite his love for The Blues he insists he is not interested.

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