New manager John Evans will fill Roscommon’s ‘blank canvas’

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Updated: November 9, 2012
John Evans

Former Tipperary boss John Evans has said that he is working with a ‘blank canvas’ after being ratified as Roscommon football manager last night.

Evans’ appointment has ended a frustrating spell for the Rossies since the resignation of Des Newton in July but the Kerry man says he wants an immediate improvement in the county’s displays and will put his neck on the line if there isn’t a quick turn-around.

Speaking to the Irish Independent he said he has signed on for only two years because, “if fellas aren’t listening to you by then, there is no point in going any further.”

Evans suggested that despite his ties in Meath and Tipperary he may recruit his backroom staff from within the county.

“I’ve done my research and I know the talent that is in Roscommon.

“There are a lot of very good people working in the county as well. Fergal O’Donnell and Ross Shannon have a great track record and are involved with the minors and Nigel Dineen, who is managing the U-21s, also appears to be very efficient.

“There are clearly good people involved at all levels.”

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