Bolton Wanderers captain Antoni Sarcevic makes shock departure for non-league Stockport County after fallout with coach Ian Evatt
- Bolton captain Antoni Sarcevic is leaving the club for non-league Stockport
- Sarcevic had a row with Bolton manager Ian Evatt after being dropped this week
- Both player and boss feel there is no chance of reconciliation following the spat
- Sarcevic skippered Bolton to promotion last season and his exit will shock fans
Bolton Wanderers captain Antoni Sarcevic is joining non-league Stockport County in a shock move following a bust-up with his manager Ian Evatt.
Sarcevic, 29, skippered Bolton to promotion from League Two last season but argued with Evatt after being left out of the starting line-up for the midweek trip to Plymouth, leaving both men feeling there was no chance of a reconciliation.
Stockport, who are ambitious to win promotion to the EFL from the National League, immediately stepped in with an offer on of a three-year deal and with no transfer window restrictions in their division, Sarcevic is expected to complete the move shortly.
Antoni Sarcevic is set to leave Bolton in a shock move following a row with his coach
Sarcevic had an argument with coach Ian Evatt after being dropped for the game at Plymouth
Ironically, Stockport face Bolton in the FA Cup first round on November 6.
The suddenness of Sarcevic’s departure will stun Bolton fans. He signed for them from Plymouth in 2020, was immediately given the armband by Evatt and scored 11 goals in 52 games.
County is a natural destination for Sarcevic, who finished his youth development at Woodley Sports, a non-league club based in Stockport.
Sarcevic is mobbed after scoring in a 4-1 win for Bolton away to Charlton last month
Sarcevic came through Manchester City’s academy before leaving aged 16 for Woodley Sports.
He made his Football League debut in 2010 for Crewe Alexandra before spells with Chester City, Fleetwood Town, Shrewbury Town and Plymouth Argyle.
He joined Bolton from Plymouth on a two-year deal in July 2020 and was named captain before the start of the season.
Sarcevic proved a perfect choice and helped steer Bolton straight back to League One, scoring seven goals as they finished third to seal automatic promotion.
He started every game of this campaign back in the third tier of English football but was benched for the trip to former club Plymouth.
He came off the bench in the 62nd minute and came close to scoring but the exclusion from the line-up against his old club seems to have hit Sarcevic hard.