Popular Kerry man, John Evans, has stepped away from his role as Wicklow senior football boss after two seasons in charge of the Garden County.
Wicklow had a disappointing campaign, gaining just three wins from seven in Division 4 of the Allianz Football League. They then ran Kildare close in the Leinster quarter-final but ultimately fell short before losing to Leitrim in the first round of the qualifiers.
In a statement released by Wicklow GAA, Evans said:
“Having completed my two-year term as Wicklow Senior Football Manager, I will not be putting my name forward and seeking another term,” he said.
“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.”
Wicklow GAA also released a statement of their own thanking the Kerry man for his services:
“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,” the county board said.
“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.
“County Chairman Martin Fitzgerald has expressed his thanks to John on behalf of Wicklow GAA and wished him the very best for the future.”
No doubt the popular Kerry man will return to the inter-county sideline in the near future. Speaking exclusively to Pundit Arena ahead of this year’s Leinster Championship, Evans described Gaelic football as his “sun, moon and stars”.
“Ah sure look my passion is football. It’s my sun, moon and stars, I breathe, talk, walk Gaelic football and when I was asked to take the challenge in Wicklow, I didn’t look at the distance,” he said.
“I didn’t look at the mountains, I didn’t look at what division they were in. I just said: ‘Yeah, look if I can be of help, I’ll be of help’.”