FORMER Tipperary football boss and Kerry native John Evans took his first session with the Meath Senior footballers last night following confirmation within the last few days that he had been appointed as a coach with the Royal County for the upcoming Leinster and All-ireland Football Championships.
Evans was contacted by Meath boss Seamus Mcenaney about taking up the role and said he gave the offer a lot of consideration following recent events in the Royal County.
"I was resigned to doing a bit of relaxing after leaving Tipperary but I decided to take a shot at this (Meath). Seamus Mcenaney saw me an asset to his coaching and that's the reason he came to me and asked me to come on board," he told
The Killorglin man resigned as Tipperary football boss back in March after losing to Sligo following a poor start to their Allianz League campaign. His resignation brought an end to a four year association with the Premier County that yielded promotion to Division Two of the League, a Munster U-21 football title as well as an All-ireland Minor football title last September.
Evans joins the Royal County as they attempt to pick up the pieces from a disastrous League campaign that saw them relegated to Division Three of the League and Mcenaney survive an attempt to remove him as manager of the senior team after the motion to do so failed to receive the required twothirds majority at a County Board meeting a number of weeks ago. His appointment is seen as a boost to the Royals following the recent departure of Paul Grimley.
Meath begin their Leinster Senior Football Championship campaign by travelling to play Wicklow in Dr Cullen Park, Carlow on Sunday May 27.