John Evans announces resignation as Wicklow senior football manager

John Evans has stepped down from his role as the Wicklow senior football manager after two years at the helm, the county board has announced.

Evans came into the role in 2018, and guided Wicklow to their first Leinster championship quarter-final since 2015 by way of an extra-time win over Offaly.

Despite improving on their winless league season from the year prior, 2019 was a disappointing one for the Kerry-native’s men, as they were knocked out of the Leinster championship by Kildare, and lost out to Leitrim in the first-round of the All-Ireland qualifiers.

In a statement issued through the county board, Evans thanked all those with whom he worked over the past two years.

“Having completed my 2-year term as Wicklow Senior Football Manager, I will not be putting my name forward and seeking another term.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank my Management team, players, Clubs, all Wicklow Media and the County Board for their support in these challenging times. I wish one and all in Wicklow GAA the very best going forward.”

In that same statement, the county board thanked Evans for his contributions during his tenure, saying: “Wicklow GAA wish to sincerely thank John Evans for his hard work, dedication and commitment over the past two years as Wicklow Senior Football Manager.

“John and his management team have brought great professionalism and huge enthusiasm to their roles and have worked tirelessly for the greater good and development of Wicklow.”

The board will now begin the process of finding Evans’ replacement, with county chairman Martin Fitzgerald confirming to WicklowNews that a committee responsible for finding his successor will be ratified at a meeting on Monday night.

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