New senior football manager jobs for Kerry duo with Leinster counties

John Evans has been ratified in Wicklow while John Sugrue is set for the Laois job.

TWO LEINSTER COUNTIES have turned to Kerry natives to fill their senior football managerial vacancies.

pjimage (1) Kerry duo John Evans and John Sugrue. Source: INPHO

John Evans was last night confirmed by the Wicklow county board as the choice to be their new senior football manager as he gets set to take over from Johnny Magee.

While it is reported by the Laois Today website that John Sugrue is to be put forward for ratification as the new Laois boss after Peter Creedon’s departure after a year in charge.

Evans has extensive experience in inter-county management. He was in charge of Tipperary between 2008 and 2012, claiming two league promotions and a Munster U21 football title in 2010.

John Evans celebrates at the final whistle John Evans celebrates Kerry's 2010 Munster U21 final win. Source: James Crombie/INPHO

In 2012 he came on board during that year’s championship as part of Seamus McEnaney’s backroom team in Meath, before then taking over as Roscommon manager for three campaigns between 2013 and 2015.

Previously Evans has been at the helm when Laune Rangers won the All-Ireland senior club football title in 1996.

John Sugrue, a native of Renard in South Kerry, has built up an impressive coaching CV in recent seasons.

Sugrue, who lives in Portlaoise, trained Kerry during Pat O’Shea’s tenure in 2007 and 2008. He also worked as a physio with Kerry in 2011 and then with Laois in 2012 and 2013, when Justin McNulty was at the helm.

As a player Sugrue won Kerry senior football medals between 2004 and 2006 with divisional outfit South Kerry before then managing that side to county senior glory in 2015.

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Bryan Sheehan with the cup Captain Bryan Sheehan celebrates South Kerry's triumph in 2015. Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO

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