Sam joins coaching team

27 Jul 2021 10:20
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BOLTON Wanderers boss Ian Evatt has strengthened his backroom team by appointing Sam Hird as first team coach.

The 33-year-old former Barrow player called time on his playing career at the end of last season.

He began his youth career with Aston Villa and Leeds United before turning professional with the Yorkshire side in 2005.

During a 16-year professional career, he played in more than 450 games for the likes of Doncaster Rovers, Grimsby Town and Chesterfield, where he played alongside Evatt, before hanging up his boots in Cumbria.

As well as coaching the first team, Hird will also take charge of the Wanderers reserves side, who are set to feature in the Central League next season.

Speaking to Hird said making the move to Bolton and into coaching was “an easy decision to make”.

He said: “It’s a great group of staff, great group of players and I’m really looking forward to coming in and helping to add to the success the club enjoyed last season.”

Ian Evatt added: “Firstly, Sam is a fantastic person and is someone who culturally fits into this environment.

“He’s a very knowledgeable person, understands the game and is a fantastic pro.

“As a young coach himself, he can connect with the players. He fits into that demographic of people that have a point to prove, people that are young and people that are trying to get somewhere in life and in football.

“He’s starting off on a new pathway and a new journey and we’re delighted to have him. He’s going to be a great asset for us.”


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