Despite top-brass outlining their preference this week for the Killorglin native to continue for a fourth year, Evans informed the board executive he would not seek reappointment.
Evans guided the county to back-to-back league titles, achieving promotion to the top tier in the process, while also annexing the FBD Connacht league crown in January.
His proposed ratification, however, was expected to meet stiff opposition from club delegates at last night’s meeting owing to the team’s disappointing championship performances against Sligo and Fermanagh this summer. There was growing frustration too among grassroots at failure to translate underage success to senior level.
In a statement, Evans expressed regret at withdrawing his name, but offered no explanation.
He pointed out that he was initially put in for two years, followed by a one-year continuation. He thanked the executive for their vote of confidence, before adding: “To the team selectors, Gay Sheerin, Walty Burke and Basil Mannion, no better and true Roscommon men will you find anywhere — real Rossies who, by their energy, commitment and enthusiasm, have raised the bar so high, both on and off the field.
“Finally, to the wonderfully dedicated players who dared to go where others thought they should not tread, who have risen up and brought Roscommon galloping up from Division 3, straight through Division 2 and up to the top of the pile into Division 1. I am immensely proud of you all, to a man, and I hope you stay focused on your bright futures ahead.
“Three trophies in three years, not bad for a start! I look forward to seeing you mix it with the best as ‘eventually’ Roscommon will be the best.”
The process of appointing Evans’ successor began last night.