The identity of the new Antrim football manager is expected to be confirmed on Monday night.
Burren’s exit from the Down Senior Football Championship at the hands of Longstone has strengthened the claims of their manager Frank Dawson for the position although Gearoid Adams and Brian White are still in the hunt with Adams regarded as the frontunner.
Dawson hails from Belfast and has considerable managerial experience and led Burren to the Down title last year.
A fourth candidate had also been interviewed for the post but because he has current commitments with a club his name has not been put into the public domain.
With the county football final already decided and the draw for next year’s Ulster Championship having been made, Antrim officials are anxious to see the wheels set in motion for 2013.
Chairman Jim Murray admitted that it had been hoped initially to have the new manager in place before the end of September but believes that the high calibre of the candidates will now ensure that whoever gets the job will be bringing the right credentials to the table.
“Obviously we want to push on and lay the groundwork for progress in 2013. We have been very impressed by the enthusiasm and integrity of all the candidates for the manager’s job and assuming that all goes to plan, we should have the new man in place by early next week and then it will be full steam ahead,” says Murray.
Meanwhile, Antrim officials have joined in extending best wishes to former county PRO Terry Cormican who was taken ill at the Senior Football final between St John’s and St Gall’s.
The Glenavy man, an extremely popular figure in Ulster GAA circles, was taken to hospital where it is understood he is now recovering.