Manager Ian Evatt has said he is working on calming down during Barrow AFC’s matches after he served his second touchline ban of the season in Good Friday’s match at Maidenhead United.

Evatt will be back in the dugout for the Bluebirds’ last home game of the campaign against Hartlepool United this afternoon, but he had to watch the 1-1 draw against the Magpies from the stands.

The 37-year-old was serving his punishment after being judged to have had too much to say to match officials in one of AFC’s recent games.

He had previously been barred from the touchline for the home game against Sutton United last October and he’s admitted that he is still getting used to the transition of being a manager, having only retired from playing just under a year ago.

Evatt said: “It’s not ideal, me being in the stand and I need to learn myself.

“I can’t get so irate with officials, I need to take more responsibility and calm down a little bit, but I just want to win.

“Sometimes, when you’ve transitioned out of playing and being a manager in your first season, you want to affect it somehow and because I’m used to affecting it on the pitch, I normally try and start a fight with the officials to get involved in the game.

“I need to calm down, it’s as simple as that, and I’ve paid the penalty by being in the stands on Friday, lessons learned.”

Last week, three Barrow players agreed new deals with the club, with goalkeeper Joel Dixon and defender Sam Hird signing one-year contracts and wide man Josh Kay improved terms.

The deal to keep Evatt himself at Holker Street hasn’t been signed, sealed and delivered just yet, even though it’s been on the table for a while, but it sounds as though it is a case of dotting I’s and crossing T’s.

Evatt said: “From my side of things, it’s all agreed. I think you need to speak to the chairman’s solicitor.

“I think he’s got his own pace of work, or he has siestas and is on Spanish time, I don’t know, but from my side of things, I love this club, I want to stay, I want to progress and to learn because I’ve got some learning to do myself.

“I really feel like we’ve got a real good project here and moving forwards I’m excited about what we can achieve, I really, really am.

“I think the board shares that excitement and I hope some of the fans do as well – I understand at times we’re frustrating, with the performances like your Boreham Woods and your Dovers.

“It’s not about where we are now, it’s about where we’re going.”

It’s those two performances Evatt mentioned, where they lost to teams struggling at the wrong end of the National League, that AFC will try to put right in front of their own fans – and around 1,200 Hartlepool supporters – when they round off their home campaign.

Evatt hopes the huge away following can crank up the atmosphere, saying: “We, as staff, sometimes need that real boost from our support.

“If things aren’t going our way, we need them to really get behind us and back us.

“Hopefully we can get a crowd of 3,000-plus in, with what Hartlepool are bringing on Monday, which is fantastic, and we can really finish the season on a high and get up to 60 points and have real progression for next season.”