John Evans (Gaelic football)

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John Evans
Personal information
Sport Gaelic football
Born County Kerry, Ireland
Club management

Years Club
Laune Rangers / Kerins O'Rahilly's
Inter-county management

Years County
2008 - 2012
2012 - 2015
2017 - Present

John Evans is a Gaelic football manager from Killorglin, County Kerry. He is a former manager of the Roscommon senior football team. He was also manager of the Tipperary Under 21 team[1] and was senior manager until March 2012. He led Tipperary to back to back National Football League promotions in 2008 and 2009, bringing them from Division 4 to Division 2 and winning the Division 3 title in 2009.[1][2] In 2010 he led Tipperary to their first Munster Under-21 Football Championship with a 1-07 to 1-06 win over Kerry in the final.[3]


Before taking to inter-county management, he managed his local Laune Rangers team from the 1980s till the 2000s. He led them to the Kerry Championship in 1993 beating Annascaul, 1995 beating East Kerry and made it two in a row in 1996 by overcoming West Kerry. He led the Rangers to Munster Senior Club Football Championships in 1995 beating Cork side Clonakilty and in 1996 beating Tipperary side Moyle Rovers. The Laune Ranagers went to the 1996 All-Ireland Senior Club Football Championship beating Carlow side Éire Óg in the final in Croke Park.[4] He later managed Tralee side Kerins O'Rahilly's for two seasons.[4]

He was appointed director of football for Tipperary in January 2010, but GAA rules meant he might not have been able to hold this role while also being county manager.[1][5]

He resigned as Tipperary county senior manager in mid-March 2012 following a heavy defeat to Sligo in an Allianz Football League Division 3 match at Markievicz Park.[6]

After stepping down from the Tipperary job he joined up with Séamus McEnaney and Meath for the 2012 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship.

On 8 November 2012, Evans was named Roscommon senior football manager on a two-year deal.[7][8] He left that position in August 2015.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Evans worked for the Garda Síochána (Irish police force) for three decades until June 2009. His eldest son, Seán, died of cancer aged 16 on 14 October 1998. He has three other children, Cian, Tara and Eoin.


  1. ^ a b c O'Riordan, Ian (26 January 2010). "Evans must drop a role". The Irish Times. Retrieved 16 July 2010. 
  2. ^ "Tipperary footballers thank Evans for latest renaissance". Irish Independent. 22 March 2009. Retrieved 16 July 2010. 
  3. ^ "Tipperary finally claim crown". The Irish Times. 1 April 2010. Retrieved 16 July 2010. 
  4. ^ a b "Evans to take Tipperary reins". Irish Independent. 30 October 2007. Retrieved 16 July 2010. 
  5. ^ Keys, Colm (17 February 2010). "Croker 'concern' at Evans' Premier role". Irish Independent. Retrieved 16 July 2010. 
  6. ^ "Evans resigns as Tipperary football manager". RTÉ Sport. 18 March 2012. Archived from the original on 20 March 2012. Retrieved 18 March 2012. 
  7. ^ "Evans wants swift Rossies improvement". Irish Independent. 9 November 2012. Retrieved 9 November 2012. 
  8. ^ "John Evans confirmed as Roscommon boss". RTÉ Sport. 9 November 2012. Retrieved 9 November 2012. 
  9. ^ "Evans still keen to return to management despite Roscommon exit". Irish Independent. 19 August 2015. Retrieved 19 August 2015.