Ian Evatt is looking forward to seeing plenty of familiar faces tomorrow, as his Barrow side prepare to face Blackpool at Holker Street.
The former Pool defender, who achieved two promotions during a seven-year period with the club, will pit his managerial wits against the man who brought him to Blackpool, Simon Grayson, in a pre-season friendly.
“Obviously Simon signed me and went on to sign most of the players that went on to play in the Premier League for Blackpool. It was mostly his recruitment with a sprinkle of magic with Charlie and DJ around that,” Evatt told the official website.
“It’ll be nice to see him. I don’t think Blackpool could have appointed a better man who knows the club well enough to hopefully push it back in the Championship at the very least.
“This pre-season game is the one I’ve been looking forward to the most, and I’d like to thank Blackpool for giving us this game. I think it’s going to be a good test for both teams.”
On the subject of tests, Evatt’s own performance levels will come under scrutiny, given the news that the 37-year-old is coming out of retirement one final time to make a brief appearance in the match.
“My legs aren’t great to be honest. Five minutes is the maximum I can do,” he said. “It all started off as a bit of a joke by our social media guy, who asked for a thousand retweets and I think it happened in a couple of hours! All of a sudden I’m being sucked into the game and having masks made.
“But it’s about showing the promising young team that I have and coming up against a very good team that Simon is trying to build and get that club back to where it belongs.
“I hope the Blackpool fans travel in their numbers because it will help our football club immensely. They’ll see a good game of football. The way my team play is based on what we did at Blackpool, that expansive, attacking style, so it should be a good match,” he added.