Roscommon hunting for a new boss after Evans U-turn
Published 13/08/2015 | 02:30
John Evans pulled out of the running to remain on as Roscommon manager just hours before his name was due to go before the clubs for ratification last night.
Evans had been recommended by the county's executive to continue for a fourth season but speculation that he would not be given the mandate by the clubs gathered pace over the last few days.
During his three years in charge, Evans led the Connacht side from Division Three to Division One.
However, their championship form was disappointing and they suffered surprise reversals at the hands of Sligo in Connacht and Fermanagh in the back door.
"It is with regret that I wish to withdraw my name from the Nomination of upcoming position of Roscommon Senior Football Manager for 2016. I agreed to a two year term initially, followed by a one year continuation," read Evans' statement.
"However, I do not wish to have my name put forward for a further year and I want to thank the executive committee for their vote of confidence in me.
"To the wonderfully dedicated players who dared to go where others thought they should not tread, who have risen up and brought Roscommon galloping up from Division 3 straight through Division 2 and up to the top of the pile into Division One - all I can say I am immensely proud of you all - to a man.
"I hope you stay focused on your bright futures ahead. Three trophies in 3 years, not bad for a start! I look forward to seeing you mix it with the best as "eventually" Roscommon will be the best."
The Roscommon executive also released a statement thanking Evans for his contribution while announcing that they will "meet shortly to discuss the difficult task of appointing John's successor".