Evans’ fu­ture up for de­ci­sion

County Board ex­pected to rule at Tues­day meet­ing

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - SPORT -

WICK­LOW foot­ball man­ager John Evans is still to de­cide on his fu­ture role with the county but a meet­ing held last night (Tues­day) by the County Ex­ec­u­tive may well have taken that de­ci­sion out of his hands.

It is un­der­stood that the meet­ing, orig­i­nally sched­uled for Mon­day evening, was re­ar­ranged for Tues­day and that a de­ci­sion on the Kerry na­tive’s fu­ture was to be made on the night.

Hav­ing com­pleted his two-year term as se­nior foot­ball man­ager, along with his un­der-20 role, the Kerry na­tive, who has an op­tion of a third term, had not made a de­ci­sion re­gard­ing his fu­ture with the county by Tues­day morn­ing (yes­ter­day).

Hav­ing com­pleted a dis­mal Al­lianz Na­tional Foot­ball League cam­paign that sees Wick­low still locked in Di­vi­sion 4 af­ter some early prom­ise by a squad ca­pa­ble of push­ing to­wards promotion, the side failed to de­liver, with the re­sult that they face an­other league cam­paign in Di­vi­sion 4 in 2020.

De­spite this dis­mal league cam­paign, Wick­low put up a rea­son­able show­ing in the cham­pi­onship when go­ing out to Kil­dare in their open­ing game, but it was a game they never looked like achiev­ing a re­sult from.

It was also de­feat in the qual­i­fiers away to Leitrim, while the un­der-20 team bowed out of the cham­pi­onship race to Wex­ford.

While Evans has wide ex­pe­ri­ence both as a coach and man­ager, hav­ing man­aged at the top level with Roscom­mon, Meath and Tip­per­ary, while also hav­ing been a mem­ber of the Tip­per­ary All-Ire­land win­ning mi­nor foot­ball back­room team there seems to be a grow­ing un­rest at the lack of success of any real sub­stance.

With his wide ex­pe­ri­ence at club level in Kerry with Kerins O’Rahilluys, Laune Rangers and Fossa, he looked the ideal fit for the Gar­den County.

How­ever, there is no doubt there is dis­ap­point­ment in the county at the lack of progress, with many play­ers clearly dis­il­lu­sioned at the mo­ment, while Wick­low County Board’s fail­ure to make a clear state­ment on Evans’ fu­ture only adds to the con­fu­sion that ex­ists.

‘I have met with the County Board. We had a full re­view of the sea­son tak­ing in all as­pects of foot­ball in the county,’ said Evans on Tues­day.

‘The whole sit­u­a­tion has been asssessed with the re­view. That is where it is at the mo­ment,’ he added.

On his own fu­ture, Evans was non-com­mit­tal: ‘I have an op­tion of a third year. As of yet I have not taken that up. I will con­sider the mat­ter once the re­view is com­plete. At this stage there’s no de­ci­sion or def­i­nite line on my po­si­tion. I have com­pleted two years so it’s a case of wait and see at the mo­ment.’

Wick­low boss John Evans.

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