Evatt: I've enjoyed Spireites challenge

Ian Evatt believes that he's proven his chops as a manager.

Saturday, 5th May 2018, 7:33 pm
Updated Saturday, 5th May 2018, 7:41 pm
Ian Evatt at Barnet.
Ian Evatt at Barnet.

The 36-year-old defender was appointed caretaker boss following Jack Lester’s dismissal last month and took charge of three games, leading the Spireites to victory over Newport last week.

However, Chesterfield’s time in the Football League ended in dejection on Saturday afternoon as they were humbled 3-0 at Barnet, who also fell into the National League as a result of Morecambe’s draw with Coventry.

But Evatt, who has had two spells as a Spireites player and most recently rejoined the club from Blackpool in June 2013, says that his future remains unclear.

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“I’ve enjoyed being manager and the lads have given me everything,” said the former Derby and Queens Park Rangers man.

“The last three games have shown me I’m built to be a manager. Whether my playing days are over, I’m not so sure.”

Goals from John Akinde, Alex Nicholls and Richard Brindley cooked Chesterfield’s goose at the Hive.

A disallowed Jacob Brown goal was as good as it got for Evatt’s troops and he felt that his side’s deficiencies were laid fully bare.

“It’s the story of our season. We were good first half and we had three or four chances,” said Evatt.

“When Kristian [Dennis] doesn’t score, no-one else seems to. We’ve let him down this year.

“When your centre-forward scores 20-plus goals, you shouldn’t be bottom of the league.

“Second-half, we were too easy to beat. We rolled over and showed our weak, soft side, that shouldn’t be there. That needs to change fast.

“Losing is like a disease, it has become week-in, week-out and it’s too easy to accept it."

Evatt added: “The facts are we are the worst team in the Football League. That’s got to hurt you as a player.

“You’ve got to ask yourself: ‘are you giving your whole life to football?’.

“If you want to play in the National League or bottom of League Two and be mediocre, then do that.

“But these players have more ability than that and should demand better. To do that; it takes 24 hours a day.

“I don’t think the penny has dropped with some of them yet.”