New Season... But Worryingly Familiar Story For Bluebird Supporters?
With the new National League season starting this month, Barrow AFC supporters will be hoping for a much smoother campaign than the last one they had to endure.
In a hugely tumultuous campaign, that saw 3 different managers take the helm, the Bluebirds narrowly avoided relegation on the final day of the season, having to rely on other teams around them to avoid disaster.
Since the end of last season, the club have parted company with Ady Pennock and the former Chesterfield and Blackpool defender, Ian Evatt is the latest man on the manager merry-go-round at Holker Street.
The new appointment did raise some eyebrows amongst Bluebirds supporters. Although an experienced player at the highest level, this will be his first full job in any sort of management.
So what expectations are there for Evatt and his team this season?
Worryingly, owner Paul Casson seems to have lost interest when it comes to financially backing the club and with big spenders Fylde and new promoted Salford City recently making huge statements in the transfer window, AFC could be struggling to compete once again.
Pre-season has brought mixed fortunes, with morale boosting victories against Carlisle and Crewe Alexander, but that was followed by a reality check against a clinical Newcastle U23’s side.
AFC also face a tricky opening month to the season too, with difficult away trips to Halifax and Leyton Orient, as well as Evatt’s former club Chesterfield visiting Holker Street.
New boss Evatt believes he already has an idea what his ideal starting eleven will be for the start of the season as he hopes to bring stability after times of recent unrest. But with the carnage of last season still lingering, many supporters will begin this campaign with hope rather than expectation.
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