Quartet in the running for Antrim football post

Four men are currently in contention to replace Liam Bradley as Antrim senior football manager, although the list could be added to as clubs in the county can nominate other candidates up until Sunday.

Four men are currently in contention to replace Liam Bradley as Antrim senior football manager, although the list could be added to as clubs in the county can nominate other candidates up until Sunday.

Antrim GAA Chairman Jim Murray told the Irish News: "We are delighted with the calibre of the names we have, as we were with the hurling nominees."

The Saffrons' new senior hurling boss could be confirmed as early as next week, with former Carlow manager Kevin Ryan going up against Gregory O'Kane, PJ O'Mullan and Michael Johnston for the role. Interview took place last night.

Although the candidates for the football job have not been confirmed publicly, it is thought that former Armagh All-Ireland winner Aidan O'Rourke is in contention along with outgoing Antrim selector Gearoid Adams, ex-county player Kevin Madden and Lenny Harbinson, who led St. Gall's to the All-Ireland Club SFC title in 2010.

Former Antrim captain Paddy Cunningham, who left the panel earlier this year, is keen for the new manager to make full use of the talent at his disposal county-wide.

"I believe there is a lot of talent in Antrim and I think that whoever takes over will have the task of harnessing this into a winning combination," he told the Belfast Telegraph.

"That is a big task but it’s not impossible. Players still regard it as an honour to play for their county. I looked on it as a privilege to have served as captain. We managed to hold onto our place in Division 3 of the league but Antrim have the capacity to get into Division 2.

"In the Ulster Championship we were leading Monaghan in the third quarter of the game by three points before we fell away in the last quarter and that was very disappointing from our perspective because we felt we could have won the game."

Cunningham is a forward and free-taker of high regard and is expected to return to the Saffrons fold next season should Bradley's successor require his services.

The county PRO Brendan Mulgrew added: "Antrim cannot afford to be without quality players even though others are beginning to come through.

"Paddy has been our captain in the past and if he is willing to resume his role with the county, then that has to be an encouraging sign."

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