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Ian Evatt will not change transfer approach when embargo ends

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Ian Evatt may soon have more freedom in the transfer market, but the Wanderers boss insists he has no plans to break the bank.

Subject to meeting the EFL’s requirements when it comes to settling creditor debts, May will see the Whites free of the two-year embargo placed on the club after going into administration.

Evatt would then become the first Bolton manager to work without an embargo since Neil Lennon in Christmas 2015.

Well aware of the club’s recent troubles however, and with Football Ventures’ long-term plan in mind, Evatt insists he will be taking a prudent approach to summer squad strengthening whatever division the Whites are in.

“I work under my own embargo,” he told The Bolton News. “I will treat this club and the board of directors’ money like it was my own and I won’t overspend. That isn’t what I am.

“I don’t want this club to be flash and not be sustainable.

"You can recruit to any budget and it only comes down to hard work, like anything you get out what you put in.

“We will get the best available players for the available budget at Bolton Wanderers. We don’t want this club to end up back where it has been in the past.

“It has to be here forever for our fans. We’re only custodians.”

The next phase of recruitment will see the Wanderers boss work with new technical performance director Chris Markham, who officially starts work at the University of Bolton Stadium on Monday.

Evatt is determined the duo will get things right, Markham arriving having previously worked with Huddersfield Town and Gareth Southgate’s England side.

“We are already putting foundations and structures in place trying to progress the club,” Evatt said.

“We know exactly what we want to do, how we are going to do it, and that is how it should be.

“There won’t be any off-the-cuff, winging-it style of recruitment.

“It will all be done with an eye on the future and it’s the way this club is heading.

“For now it’s about setting down plans and foundations for us to be successful in the future.”

As well as bringing in new faces, Wanderers fans hoping an impressive January transfer window is a sign of things to come, the club are also working to tie down key players already at the club.

Evatt revealed this week that Bolton are close to agreeing a new deal with central defender Ricardo Santos, arguably the star of the season so far, and are hopeful of keeping Declan John at the end of his loan spell, the Swansea man having made an impressive start to life at the UniBol.

“It’s all fitting together nicely,” the Bolton boss added.

“Obviously we’re going to keep progressing with all different types of situations and scenarios behind the scenes.”

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