Bolton Wanderers boss Ian Evatt desires his facet to undertake the counter-press famouly employed by Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool to enrich their possession-style based mostly play impressed by Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City.
Evatt has not too long ago led Wanderers to a ninth positioned end in League One in his second season in command of the membership. It was their first again within the third tier of English soccer after being promoted out of League Two within the 2020/21 marketing campaign.
Focus at Wanderers is now totally upon the upcoming marketing campaign and strengthening forward of that. The College of Bolton Stadium membership is in search of to mount a cost for promotion subsequent season and is concentrating on the play-offs no less than
By way of managerial idols, Evatt has spoken on a number of events of his perception that City boss Guardiola is one of the best on the earth. The previous Barcelona boss has simply led City to their fourth Premier League crown underneath him.
The Etihad Stadium outfit pipped Klopp’s Liverpool to the title by only a level following a exceptional comeback 3-2 victory from two targets down in opposition to Aston Villa. The Anfield membership beat Wolves 3-1 however completed as runners-up.
Guardiola’s facet have turn into synonymous with their possession based mostly soccer. One of the hallmarks of Klopp’s group has been their excessive power urgent – the Gegenpress – to win the ball excessive up the pitch and use blistering tempo and ability to get in behind opposition groups.
And Evatt has pinpointed including the counter-pressing Liverpool accomplish that properly to their enjoying type to enrich what Wanderers attempt to mimic from City. If they’ll mix the 2, he feels it will likely be a recipe for fulfillment as he defined why he believes so passionately within the type of play that he has employed each at former membership Barrow and Wanderers.
Chatting with The Athletic, Evatt mentioned: “Pep, for me, is one of the best. I really like watching his groups play. I really like what they do. My philosophy will all the time keep the identical. However I’m studying, too, and once I watched Liverpool of their Champions League semi-final in opposition to Villarreal I used to be amazed by their work out of possession.
“That’s the following stage of my improvement, and ours as a membership. We would like that in-possession type, however how can we implement that Klopp counter-press? If we are able to get the 2 collectively, that’s the holy grail.
“I still hear the occasional shout of ‘Get it forward’. I heard it at one game recently and I had a bit of a bite at one supporter. He was shouting at me because our goalkeeper had played it short to the centre-back instead of playing it long. I can’t please everyone but I think, overall, our supporters are enjoying it.
“I wouldn’t turn up my nose at managers who don’t play possession-based football but my enjoyment, as a player for 20-odd years, was being in a team that dominated the ball. People pay a lot of money to watch football and they should be entertained. For me, that means possession-based, open, expansive, attacking football and, if we can provide that, we are entertaining our fanbase.
“When I took the Barrow job, I was telling people about my vision and philosophy and everyone said, ‘You can’t get out of the National League playing that way’’. Once we broke that mould, people started being brave enough to say, ‘Hang on a minute, if they can do it, why can’t we?’
“There seems to be a changing of the guard now. A lot of managers, the older generation, are transitioning out of the game and there are young, up-and-coming coaches with bright ideas coming through.”
Evatt is underneath no illusions that the best way he likes to see the sport performed shouldn’t be a straightforward factor to attain. It takes braveness to implement and requires all linked at a soccer membership to purchase into it.
The Bolton boss admits it was a ‘bugbear’ of his watching groups at worldwide stage dominating with the ball, however not seeing it with England, regardless of the highest flight being up there with one of the best on the earth. However he feels that philosophy is creeping in additional up and down the soccer pyramid.
Evatt mentioned: “It’s tough (to play this way), it’s challenging and it takes real bravery. I always say: unless you really believe in it yourself, how are you going to get everyone else to believe in it? The fans, board, players. You have to educate people. You have to stick with it and, if you start to get results, you get a huge buy-in from everybody.
“Growing up, it was always a frustration of mine when I watched the Champions League, or international fixtures in particular, that we had some of the best players in the world and always sacrificed the ball.
“Everyone talked about Spain, Portugal, Brazil and all these possession-based, dominant footballers. But we supposedly had the best league in the world, so why couldn’t we play that way? Why were we not bringing up academy players that way? Why couldn’t we dominate the ball?
“That was always a bugbear of mine. But what I’m seeing now is definitely a transition to that style. As a country, all the way through our football pyramid, that’s becoming more prevalent now.”