IAN Evatt says Wanderers are now a “completely different club” than the one which has grabbed headlines for their financial problems in recent years.

The new Bolton head coach is optimistic he will be able to cherry-pick quality players this summer despite an ongoing transfer embargo which prevents the club from paying transfer fees.

Wanderers are in a much more stable position than they were 12 months ago when administrators struggled to strike a deal with the major stakeholders.

Since the takeover last August by the Football Ventures consortium Bolton have avoided any further significant financial issues and – says Evatt – are now ready to start the rebuilding process in earnest. “Bolton has had their problems in the past – but that is completely in the past,” he said.

“This is a completely different club now, a completely different way of doing things.

“We have moved past that now. We are financially secure and ready to go.

“We are not going to overspend beyond our means, that isn’t what we are about.

“We’re about living within our means and spending accordingly – but we want the best players available. And they should be sold by the project and the process at this wonderful football club.”

Evatt admits it was hard to say goodbye to Barrow having led the club back into the Football League for the first time in 48 years.

“There was an emotional attachment there because of what we had achieved,” he said. “What we managed to put together there, the connection with the town was amazing. I can’t speak highly enough of the people there and the football club.

“However, I am a young, ambitious manager and when Bolton Wanderers come knocking you have to take it very seriously. And having met with the owners and the people working around the club, seeing their vision moving forwards, it genuinely excites me.”