Ian Evatt Speaks To Football Focus

Read what the Gaffer had to say!



Bluebirds manager Ian Evatt appeared on Football Focus earlier, discussing the impact of COVID-19 on football at our level. Read on to find out what he had to say.


“I think we’re all going through a difficult time at the moment, on the football front it’s the uncertainty of not knowing what is going to happen next and when it’s going to happen.


Are we going to restart, when are we going to restart, obviously suspension was announced this week, which seems the right way to go about things because football clubs in our division are coming up to contract time at the end of April and we need to know where we stand.


So it’s the uncertainty that is the most difficult but we’re dealing with it the best that we can.


Arguably we have as much to lose, if not more, than Liverpool. Our turnover from the National League, the money that we get, is about £70,000-£80,000. To get in the EFL it would mean £1.2 million per year to my football club.


We left the Football League 48 years ago from a vote, we weren’t actually relegated and the fans have had a bitter taste ever since. This is the closest we have ever been to going back up and we feel like we would have got the job done, we’ve been top for 5 months.


If we were to lose out because of what is happening outside of football then we’d be gutted, we’d be devastated.


I think the bigger and broader picture here is that people are losing their lives, so it’s hard and difficult to imagine how and when we can start football again. I would think it will be very very difficult to start football again and finish this season off, with the way things are looking and panning out.


This pandemic is getting worse in this country so that is the most important thing first and foremost. I think we need to come up with a fair solution where we reward teams that have done well and not reward teams that have under performed.”




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