John Evans has been ratified as the new manager of Roscommon at a county board meeting tonight.

Evans takes over from Des Newton, who resigned after their exit from this year's All-Ireland Football Championship.

The Rossies were humiliated by Galway in the Connacht Championship but achieved a noteable win over Armagh in the qualifiers before eventually being convincingly beaten by Tyrone in round two.

Evans, who takes the position for a two-year term, quit his role with Tipperary last March but during his tenure he took the Premier men from Division 4 to Division 2 of the Allianz Football League before dropping back to Division 3.

He also managed the county’s under-21 footballers to a first ever Munster title in 2010.

He faces a tough task in 2013 in Connacht where Roscommon will face the winners of Galway or Mayo in the semi-finals.