Monday 19 August 2019

John Evans departs as Wicklow manager after two seasons in charge

John Evans has stepped down as Wicklow manager. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile
John Evans has stepped down as Wicklow manager. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile
Michael Verney

Michael Verney

Wicklow are on the hunt for a new senior football manager as Kerry native John Evans has not sought to extend his stay in charge of the Garden county.

The former Tipperary and Roscommon boss will be best remembered for guiding Wicklow to a famous Leinster SFC preliminary round defeat of Offaly after extra-time last year, their first Leinster win since 2013.

That set up a quarter-final date with Jim Gavin's all-conquering Dublin and despite pleas for the game to be played in Aughrim, Evans' side would eventually suffer a 4-25 to 1-11 defeat to the Dubs in O'Moore Park.

Wicklow ran Kildare to within two points in the preliminary round of this year's Leinster SFC before exiting at the first round of the qualifiers with another narrow defeat to Leitrim, in what would be Evans' last game in charge as he confirmed his departure this morning.

"Having completed my two-year term as Wicklow Senior Football Manager, I will not be putting my name forward and seeking another term," Evans said.

"I would like to take this opportunity to thank my Management team, players, Clubs, all Wicklow Media and the County Board for their support in these challenging times. I wish one and all in Wicklow GAA the very best going forward.”

County Chairman Martin Fitzgerald expressed his thanks to Evans for his "hard work, dedication and commitment over the past two years" as he "brought great professionalism and huge enthusiasm and worked tirelessly for the greater good and development of Wicklow."

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