Originally Posted by rossie1977
supporters had nothing to do with evans quitting. the clubs and sponsors were the ones that forced his hand if you believe the rumours that are swirling around.
anyway what are the roscommons supporters realistic ambitions exactly? we haven't even got to a connacht final since 2011 (despite minor/under 21, club and league success during that period) while sligo have gotten to 2 during the same period. speaking of sligo we beat them 6-18 to 12 points in the under 21s this year and that was massively easing off in the second half as we lead 5-9 to 4 points at half time. a number of that sligo under 21 side including the fullback kevin mcdonnell (who was destroyed in the under 21 game) started the senior game then 2 months later and beat us so something is clearly wrong in the senior setup somewhere. btw mcdonnell ended up keeping kilbride scoreless in the senior game..
westmeath in 2003 were in a similar position to us. they had just been promoted to division 1 with a strong underage system in place but had a poor championship outing that year and just like now luke dempsey resigned so its not like this is the first time something like this has happened..
Well, it doesn't help that Kilbride and Murtagh failed fitness tests during the week before the Sligo game, yet Evans started them. A few players on the panel were very disgruntled with starting injured players in a big championship game - and their concerns were borne out. Evans failed to get Roscommon's best 15 on the park v Sligo, Cavan or Fermanagh. In fact, he put on Murtagh v Cavan and he aggravated his injury, thus ruling him out for the Fermanagh game. Where Evans then decided to pull off probably three of the best performing Ros players on the day coming into the last 15 minutes, and then wondered why we collapsed in the final 10 minutes.
GAA managers are judged on championship results and performances. Anyone remember the performance v Armagh in 2014? The one victory on home soil in 2015 (I discount London) was against a 14 man Cavan.
Yes, Mr Evans did very well in the league. in 2015 we still managed to throw away the game v Galway, collapsed v Laois and were gifted a game by the Meath keeper. In the league final Down had a man very harshly sent off to give us a huge advantage.