Thursday 18 January 2018

Tipp hold fire over Evans job


TIPPERARY GAA officials are waiting until after next weekend's Congress before proceeding with the appointment of John Evans as Director of Football.

Evans, who was in charge of the Tipp U21 team that created history by beating Kerry in the Munster final, retired from An Garda Síochána last summer and was given a three-year contract by the Premier County. A 10-year development programme was then put in place, but his position came up for discussion at a GAA Management Committee meeting where concern was expressed at the implication of having a full-time salaried coach in charge of an inter-county team.

The Tipp board argued that his appointment as Director of Football was completely separate from his position as U21 and senior manager and pointed out that what the Kerry native did in his spare time was up to him. However, the meeting warned that no full-time coach should be involved with teams, barring exceptional circumstances.

"We're not breaking any rules," said Tipperary chairman Barry O'Brien. "And now we're waiting for Congress to clarify the situation. Our appointment of John as Director of Football is on hold at the moment but we will most definitely be revisiting the situation after Congress.

"I asked Croke Park for clarification on what rule we were breaking but I was never told and that's because there's no rule to cover it. It makes no sense to me."

Sunday Independent

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