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All change for Antrim hurling as legends take charge

By Declan Bogue

The new Antrim hurling management is set to be Terence 'Sambo' McNaughton and Dominic 'Woody' McKinley, along with Gregory O'Kane, replacing PJ O'Mullan who stepped down last Friday, citing 'personal reasons.'

The trio also interestingly make up representation of three different clubs; Cushendall, Loughgiel and Dunloy respectively.

Former team-mate and 1993 All-Star, Paul McKillen has welcomed the development before Antrim get their Christy Ring campaign off to a start against Kildare on April 23.

"I wouldn't see any reason why they wouldn't be the right two boys. They have been there before and they would be a quick-fix," he said.

"Sambo and Woody are the right men because they get on with most people and they get on with managers around the country and around the clubs. They are well-respected."

McNaughton and McKinley have collaborated together in previous Antrim teams, taking over the minors in late 2004 and going on to also manage the under-21s.

Ten years ago in 2006, the duo who featured in the 1989 All-Ireland hurling final took on the Antrim seniors job for the first time, remaining in that position until August 2009.

O'Kane has served as a selector under Dinny Cahill, and has also taken Jordanstown and Ulster inter-provincial teams.

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