John Evans set to learn Roscommon fate

John Evans will learn this evening if he is to continue as Roscommon senior football manager into 2016.

John Evans set to learn Roscommon fate

The Roscommon County Board executive met last week to discuss Evans’ future and released a statement on Monday evening outlining their preference for the Killorglin native be handed a third year in charge.

The top-table will propose Evans, who is determined to remain at the helm, for reappointment at this evening’s county board meeting.

Despite successive league triumphs and, in the process, their promotion to Division 1, his ratification for a third campaign is not a done deal.

There is growing speculation in the county that several clubs may not throw their support behind Evans as a result of the disappointing and unexpected championship defeats to Sligo and Fermanagh this summer.

Moreover, there is increasing frustration that the county’s underage success is not being translated to senior level.

Several members of the current squad were part of the 2006 All-Ireland minor-winning team, while the county has claimed four of the last six provincial U21 crowns.

Former players Shane Curran and Frankie Dolan have both been critical of the manager this year.

“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,” Curran said in June.

Should Evans receive the green light to continue, there are likely to be changes to his backroom team, with Basil Mannion and ex-manager Gay Sheeran stepping down.

If his position is not ratified by club delegates tonight, the board executive will be forced to hold a separate meeting to put a plan in place for alternative managerial nominations.

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