Evatt: Blackpool’s fall is ‘a travesty’

Ian Evatt
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Ian Evatt has accused Blackpool FC of letting the supporters down.

The defender, who left Bloomfield Road over two years ago, returns for the first time tonight with Chesterfield.

Ian Evatt celebrates with fans at Wembley in 2010

Ian Evatt celebrates with fans at Wembley in 2010

Evatt is hugely popular on the Fylde coast, having spent seven years at Pool and playing a huge part in the club’s Premier League adventure in 2010.

And the 33-year-old is less than impressed by the club’s decline. He told The Gazette: “It’s a travesty what’s happened at Blackpool.

“After all the hard work so many people put in to get the club to the Premier League, it is so disappointing to have no legacy and for them to be where they are now.

“I won two promotions and played in two Championship play-off finals, and to see the club at the bottom of League One, back where it started for me, is very disappointing. I feel not just the players have been let down but the fans too.

“That club should be set for the future, with a new training facility, and should have a team competing at least at the top end of the Championship.

“It’s such a shame all the hard work and money which came to the club hasn’t been used correctly.

“The fans are left with nothing to show for it all. All we all have are memories.

“It’s such a shame. I just hope the club turns itself around sooner rather than later, though not tonight of course!”

Evatt left Bloomfield Road under a cloud, having been dumped by former boss Paul Ince following a knee injury which kept him out for almost six months.

Since then he’s played more than 80 games for the Spireites, captaining them to promotion in his first season and to the League One play-offs last time around.

He added: “I had a serious knee injury and in my opinion I was never really given the chance to get fit again by Blackpool.

“Since I left the club I’ve not really missed a day’s training and have played pretty much every game.

“It’s good my knee has recovered well and I’m really enjoying my football again.”

Evatt welcomes the chance to return to Bloomfield Road and say a thank you to the supporters who held him in such high regard, even though there may not be as many of them these days.

He added: “I never really got to say goodbye to the Blackpool fans, so I’m really looking forward to it.

“ I’m not sure how many fans will be there. It will be good to go back and see the pictures around the stadium.

“When I left the club it was a bit of a surprise. It all happened really quickly and I never thought I’d get a chance to come back and play here.

“It’s going to be nice for me personally because the place means such a lot to me.

“Despite all that, I’ll be doing everything I can to make sure Chesterfield get the three points.”

Chesterfield arrive at Bloomfield Road 15th in the table and without a win in three games.

But Evatt is convinced the Spireites can achieve their top-six target.

He said: “We had a very good start. A new manager (Dean Saunders) came in during the summer and we lost a few good players, but we’ve signed some quality since.

“We’ve had a lot of injuries, including Angel Martinez, who is out for the season and is a big loss to us but we are getting players back. We need to start winning games quickly, starting at Blackpool”