IAN Evatt will be under pressure he won’t have experienced before after taking the Bolton job, says former Blackpool striker Brett Ormerod.

Speaking in his column for the Blackpool Gazette, Ormerod was not surprised that Wanderers picked out Evatt as their number one managerial target after the job he did to get Barrow promoted to the Football League.

But he admits the relative size of the clubs will be something to which his former Bloomfield Road team-mate will have to adjust.

“He performed wonders at Barrow to get them promoted,” Ormerod said. “To get the club back into the Football League after all these years is a massive achievement.

“When you do things like that, other clubs are going to be taking note and that’s exactly what’s happened, so I’m not surprised at all.

“It’s a fantastic opportunity for him because Bolton is a big club, especially in League Two, where they’ll be next season.

“It’s a step-up for him in terms of the size of the club, the number of fans and training facilities.

“But I must say, it’s surreal to say Bolton and Barrow will be in the same league. It just shows you how far they’ve come and how far Bolton have declined in recent years.

“But when you talk about the infrastructure of a football club, Bolton are a lot bigger than Barrow, so to be given an opportunity as a young English manager is a fantastic achievement for him and one he fully deserves.

“Given the size of Bolton, there might be a bit of added pressure but that comes with the territory. That’s football in general, no matter what level you play at.

“It’s a challenge but one he’ll be looking forward to. Financially, Bolton have been the worse for wear in recent years but for Ian to have an opportunity to manage such a big club with a wonderful history is all credit to him. I wish him all the best and I hope it goes really well.”