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Antrim delay naming hurling boss

By John Campbell

Antrim chairman Jim Murray confirmed last night that there will be a further delay before the appointment of a new hurling manager is confirmed.

Murray had hoped the new boss would be unveiled prior to next Sunday’s hurling championship final between Loughgiel and Cushendall but conceded that this will not be possible.

“We have set up a special committee to interview the three candidates who are in the frame for the post and the actual logistics of this means that no appointment will be confirmed for a little while yet,” revealed Murray.

Dinny Cahill, John Crossey and Jerry Wallace are in the running for the post and while Murray is delighted with the overall calibre of the candidates he is keen to see the manager’s post filled so that the preparatory work for 2012 can begin.

“We made progress this year and we would be very keen to build on this next year. There are some exciting young players coming through and they offer us great hope for the future,” pointed out Murray.

Cushendall, incidentally, must go into Sunday’s final without the free-scoring Neil McManus who has incurred medial ligament damage. McManus was Antrim’s most consistent player this year and his absence could impact on Cushendall’s chances of stripping the title from Loughgiel.

Meanwhile, Kerry manager Jack O’Connor is now resigned to the fact that some of his players are about to bring the curtain down on their county careers.

In the build-up to Sunday’s All Ireland final against Dublin, it had been mooted that irrespective of the result the vast bulk of the squad would continue for another year.

But suddenly the indications are that players such as Tomas Ó Se, Aidan O Mahoney, Seamus Scanlon, Tommy Griffen and Tom O’Sullivan will step down.

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