Bolton Wanderers boss Ian Evatt has explained the hard work that is going into rebuilding trust with Trotters fans and that it is going to take time.

It has been a summer of change at the University of Bolton Stadium with a new manager and players being brought in.

Evatt has replaced Keith Hill in the dugout and stamped his authority on the squad by so far bringing in 17 new players to the club.

Wanderers have started life in League Two having been relegated from the third tier after last season's table was decided on a points per game basis in light of the coronavirus pandemic.

Evatt has previously spoken of 'eradicating' a 'ingrained losing' culture at the University of Bolton Stadium and that 'you could almost smell it'.

And the Wanderers boss has explained more about the subject and how efforts are being made to help build trust between the club and its supporters again after a tough past couple of years and make both fans and the town proud of the Trotters again.

He said: “It’s hard to put into words really. As I said, yes we’ve got a whole new squad of players and it’s not necessarily the players - you just get a sense for it through the supporters, you get a sense for it with the remaining staff.

"Some you could see, they don’t enjoy being here and we want to make this place - and Sharon (Brittan) the new owner and the rest of the board - we want this place to be a place of positivity, a place where everyone’s proud of it, everyone’s proud to come to Bolton, the fans are proud of it, not just the team but the way we are off the pitch as well and how we handle ourselves and carry ourselves.

"We have to make this football club and our supporters proud of this club again and earn and build that trust and that’s going to take time.

"It doesn’t happen over seven or eight weeks. It starts with getting results first and foremost, but also building trust that the club’s being run properly which of course it is now and also getting ourselves when we can out in the community, helping the community as much as we can, making sure that this community and this town is proud of this club.

"Football clubs are the heart of every community and I’ve seen it first hand that when you get that right and you get success with a football club, the difference it can make in communities is amazing and it can really turn places around.

"I’m not saying Bolton needs turning around, but I’m saying the town will thrive from a football club which is being run properly, that carries itself properly, but also gains results the right way on Saturdays."

He added: “This club has lost the trust of its support and its town and it takes time to build that back. We are working ever so hard and Sharon in particular, the chairman, is working ever so hard and rebuilding that trust and gaining that trust again, but it takes time.

"They need to see we can do it for a lengthy period and we will. But also my job, first and foremost, is to make sure this club is performing on the football pitch.

"We need to be better, we will be better, we’ll work hard until we get there and once we do, hopefully we can get this whole town thriving again.

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"This club obviously has an incredible history and it is an institution. However we are where we’re at right now, we are where we are.

"We’ve been through some tough times in recent years but we need to put that behind us, rebuild trust, act responsibly, both financially and on the pitch, and once we do that, we’ll build trust, we’ll regain the trust and the town will thrive again."