The Mail report that Barrow manager Ian Evatt revealed after Saturday’s 2-1 home defeat against Boreham Wood that he is close to agreeing a new contract at the club.

The news is sure to be well received by the Bluebirds faithful, who have seen a more progressive style of play develop since Evatt was appointed in June last summer, in succession to Ady Pennock.

He inherited just six players back then and faced a tough task in raising morale around Holker Street, after AFC’s somewhat fortuitous escape from relegation from the National League the previous season.

However, under the 37-year-old, Barrow are comfortably in mid-table, as the current campaign nears its conclusion and with a fairly young average age to the squad, hopes are high that further progress can be made next year.

Evatt said: “We’ve had talks and I believe that more or less everything is agreed.

“I think the contract is currently with the solicitors. It goes back to professionalism and I think, in the past, contracts with managers haven’t been ideal – I think they were just pretty much drawn up in an office with pen.”

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