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Ian Evatt Pre Newport County

30 April 2018

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Chesterfield caretaker manager Ian Evatt spoke to the media earlier this afternoon, ahead of our final Sky Bet League Two home match with Newport County tomorrow night, 7.45pm. Here is some of what he had to say……

On adapting to the caretaker role: “I’ve enjoyed it. It’s been a shock to the system not going into the dressing room every day, distancing myself from the players and going into my office to have to make decisions and think about them as individuals differently.

“It’s been hard at times, but it’s confirmed in my own mind that I’m cut out for this and I do want to be a manager, whether that’s now or in the future.”

On Wycombe reflections: “I think we attacked in numbers a lot better and had genuine width which we haven’t had.

“We had bodies in the box and we’ve probably had the better of the chances over the course of the game and were unfortunate not to get something.

“The negatives are that we lost the game, and we’re in a habit of doing that. A throw-in at half time and a set-piece has cost us.”

On Aaron Ramsdale: “He’s been brilliant, for me he’s got the potential to be a top-four Premier League goalkeeper he’s that good.

“His attributes are everything that you need to be a top goalkeeper, and he’s a crank – which most of the good ones are.

“I think since Tommy Lee’s come in, he’s amazed at the quality of him and how good he is. So his future and his career is in his hands, he can be as good as he wants to be.”

On Newport team news: “Chris O’Grady has been struggling with his back, he’s got some issues which are causing problems with his mobility.

“Andy Kellett missed out through my choice, Wycombe were a big strong team, so I picked a team that I thought could win us the game. That doesn’t mean he won’t be available for tomorrow or Saturday.

“Josh Kay is fit, whether he’s fit to play I’m not so sure. He was very tired after the match last Tuesday (Derbyshire Senior Cup final), and I don’t think he’s match fit yet.

“Giles Coke is progressing ok, I think he’s joining in training on Thursday and we’ll see how he gets through that.”

On Newport: “I know there manager very well, I played with him for a couple of years and he’ll have them motivated even though they’ve got nothing to play for.

“But it’s a massive opportunity for us to go out and play the way we want to play, attacking football, score some goals and enjoy it.”

On signing off in style: “The fans deserve that, they’ve backed us the whole time I’ve been at this club.

“As I said on Saturday, for two-three years now, since Paul Cook left, we’ve became a team that’s lost more than we’ve won which isn’t good enough.

“The fans have stuck with us all the way, there were no protests or booing and the players responded to that. And it’s only right that we give them something to cheer about and try and change the mood going into the summer, with a win against Newport and a win against Barnet on Saturday.”

On his own future: “I think that anybody who knows me, will know that I’m dedicated to this football club.

“And if that means I’m a player in the conference I’m player, or if they give me the honour of being manager this football club, then I’ll be the manager.

“I’m not in any way, shape or form looking to leave Chesterfield, I’m here to try and get this club back where it belongs. And I’ll give everything I possibly can to make sure that happens.”

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