Tuesday 25 October 2016

Clubs to decide future of Evans

Published 12/08/2015 | 02:30

Roscommon manager John Evans
Roscommon manager John Evans

John Evans' future as Roscommon manager will be decided at a county board meeting tonight, with a recommendation having been put to clubs for the Kerry man to continue for another year.

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Evans has guided Roscommon to back-to-back league titles - Division 3 and Division 2 - while they also won their first Connacht League since 1999 earlier this year.

But there are understood to be mixed views in the county over his stewardship of their Championship campaign that petered out quickly with defeats to Sligo and Fermanagh.

Evans has been in charge for three years and the board's executive have now proposed an extension.

If he gets the all clear, the former Tipperary boss will be looking for new selectors as both Basil Mannion, who was only involved in 2015, and former goalkeeper Gay Sheerin, a member of the committee that sourced Evans in the first place, have stepped away. Wally Burke and the former Limerick manager Liam Kearns will be remaining.

Evans' management came in for criticism last week from former Roscommon forward Tony McManus who said there were "serious question marks" over Evans.

"John Evans seems to be dictating his terms of reference as to his re-appointment and it seems to me to be a case of the tail wagging the dog," wrote McManus in his 'Roscommon People' column.

"There are plenty of good young talented footballers in Roscommon at the moment and we need the proper structures in place so we can get the best out of this group of players.

"From what I have seen in this years' championship, there are serious question marks over John Evans' ability to bring us forward.

"It would be interesting to hear the views of Basil Mannion and Gay Sheeran who are stepping down as selectors."

Meanwhile, Niall Carew has been approved to continue managing Sligo for the next two years, while in Meath, Mick O'Dowd is expected to have a new backroom team in place in time for the next county board meeting in September.

O'Dowd has approval for a further two years, despite losing selectors Trevor Giles and Sean Kelly, who have been with him since the start. A number of current club managers in the county are thought to be frontrunners to step into those roles.

Irish Independent

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