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Controversy as Antrim chiefs may overlook PJ O’Mullan for hurling manager post

By Declan Bogue

The new Antrim hurling manager will be chosen after a series of interviews planned for tonight, with the process already thrown into question.

Four contenders have emerged as the possible successor to Kevin Ryan, two from Ulster and two hailing from Munster.

However, there is some controversy as it has been reported that the 2012 All-Ireland club-winning manager, PJ O'Mullan jnr, has already been recommended to the county board by Ciaran Barr, who was entrusted with identifying the Saffrons' next manager.

O'Mullan has a strong backroom team who would come on board on his ticket, including former Waterford manager Justin McCarthy. The Passage clubman helped Antrim to the All-Ireland Intermediate title in 1970 while recovering from serious injury as a Cork player.

Instead of putting forward O'Mullan's name for ratification at the county board meeting last Wednesday night, the candidates have instead been asked to attend an interview tonight.

The other candidates include Mattie Lennon, the former Armagh hurler who has brought a serious improvement in standards to various teams he has been involved in, including Armagh and, most recently, Tyrone.

Jim Greene, who has managed his club Mount Sion to a number of Waterford county titles, is believed to be interested and is due to attend an interview.

However, the favourite for the job for many is Cork's Ger Manley. A player with the county in the 90s, Manley led Cork minors to a Munster title in 2008, their last provincial title at that level.

After the county board identify a suitable candidate, their name will be put forward to the county board meeting tomorrow night for ratification.

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