Tipperary football has been left reeling by the shock resignation of senior and U-21 football Manager John Evans, following a string of heavy defeats in the Allianz National Football League.
The popular Kerry man, a retired Garda detective, announced his news to the players after the side lost heavily to Sligo on Sunday afternoon last. The defeat had come off the back of four previous losses in the league and a betaing by Kerry in the U-21 Munster football championship on Wednesday evening last in Semple Stadium. So, with the side out of the U-21 championship and the seniors almost certain to be relegated, Evans decided that he had taken Tipperary as far as he could, and called it a day after four and a half years.
The season had commenced promisingly enough for the seniors with Evans men reaching the McGrath Cup Final, losing only to Cork along the way. And, he had enjoyed success with the seniors having brought the side from division 4 to division 2 - it now looks like they will be back in division 4 again next year though. He also masterminded the historic Munster u-21 football final success of two seasons ago and was part of the backroom team of last years All-Ireland minor winning side which was Managed by David Power.
Full story in this week’s Tipperary Star.