Roscommon Board look set to reappoint John Evans for another season

John Evans looks set to be re appointed as Roscommon senior football manager but there are likely to be changes to his backroom team.

Roscommon Board look set to reappoint John Evans for another season

Evans, who guided Roscommon to successive promotions, declined to comment on the matter when contacted. But it is believed he has agreed terms with Roscommon officials and details will be unveiled at a meeting of the county board executive tomorrow night.

It is expected his name will then go before a full county board meeting for ratification and that he will be appointed for a further season.

However, there are likely to be changes to his backroom team with Basil Mannion and ex-manager Gay Sheeran stepping down.

Ex-Limerick and Laois manager Liam Kearns, who could have an enhanced role, and Wally Burke look set to remain as selectors. Evans has spent three years in charge of Roscommon and oversaw successive promotions from Division 3 to Division 1 in the league over the last two years.

They won Divisions 3 and 2 titles in the process but they crashed out of this year’s championship when they were hit for five points in the dying minutes to lose 1-14 to 0-16 against Fermanagh in the qualifiers.

After that defeat Evans shied away from making and rash decisions on his future.

“I’ll stand back and have a look at it. I wouldn’t agree to anything more than a year at the end of last season,” said the Kerry man.

That defeat followed on from a dismal Connacht campaign that only lasted one game – Sligo beat them in the semi-final.

However, at underage level Roscommon have had unprecedented success. Their minors claimed the 2011 and 2012 Connacht crowns – they won the All-Ireland in 2006.

And they are the current Connacht champions at U21 level after they pipped Galway in one of the most exciting finals in recent times.

They also won Connacht titles in 2010, ’12 and ’14 and many believe that Evans should be translating that talent into championship success with the seniors.

Former players Shane Curran and Frankie Dolan have been critical of Evans this year.

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