Roscommon seething at Shane Curran blast at John Evans

Roscommon’s management and county board remain tight-lipped yesterday in the wake of Shane Curran’s scathing attack on John Evans following Saturday’s Connacht semi-final loss to Sligo.

Roscommon seething at Shane Curran blast at John Evans

However, it is understood both are livid about the former goalkeeper’s remarks made on RTÉ Radio 1 on Sunday.

“To respond to it would distract from the job in hand, against Cavan,” said one insider, in reference to Saturday week’s qualifier away to Cavan.

Despite leading Roscommon from Division 3 to 1 in the space of two seasons, Curran questioned whether Evans was the right man to lead the county beyond this season.

“In John’s case, there’s no doubt he’s confident at talking himself up but is he a good coach, a good manager? I would say that he’s not,” slammed Curran.

The Kerry native was handed a one-year extension at the end of last season and had been fancied to be given another endorsement, having earned promotion to the top flight.

Sources close to the camp aren’t surprised by Curran’s criticism, highlighting that he had been negative about Evans during the league in a local newspaper column.

They have also suggested the St Brigid’s man, who has taken up management with Roscommon club Padraig Pearses this year, has ulterior motives in lambasting Evans.

Club Rossie, the supporters and fundraising arm of the county board, took issue with comments Curran made about the county board’s team bus on RTÉ’s The Marty Squad. They tweeted: “Once again Shane misrepresents the investment made in the leased bus for Ros. It’s saving not costing money as Shane knows.”

Curran was also taken to task by London manager Paul Coggins on this past weekend’s The Sunday Game. Curran had questioned the Exiles’ presence in the Connacht championship after they lost to Roscommon in Ruislip last month.

Speaking to the Irish Examiner last month, Coggins had called for Curran to withdraw his remarks. On Sunday, he added: “ It was a very silly statement to make by a guy that should know better. I’m disappointed with it. There is more to it than football. We are exiles. Every family in Ireland knows someone... there wouldn’t be too many that wouldn’t have been hit by emigration. We had no choice but to come over here. The statement was absolutely out of order and always will be.

“What was done (by Curran) that Sunday night was wrong, it was disappointing. I’ll stick up for my lads. We work hard, we do everything every (other) county does. That was a wrong statement to make.”

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