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Antrim step up search to appoint new boss

By John Campbell

Antrim expect to have their new football team manager in place within the next week.

County board officers are growing tired of what one described last night as "the endless speculation" surrounding the post and, more importantly, they are anxious to see a squad selected and a training itinerary mapped out.

Antrim, who lost to Louth in the All Ireland qualifiers, are permitted to resume full-scale preparations for the 2014 campaign early next month and efforts to confirm the managerial appointment have been stepped up considerably within the past week.

"Extra momentum has been given to the search for a new manager since a meeting on Monday week last. Our hope is to get the right manager even if that takes a little bit longer than we would have liked. It's vitally important that we get someone who can take the county forward," said PRO Brendan Mulgrew.

Former Down boss Peter McGrath, ex-players Kevin Madden and Gearoid Adams and former Derry ace Paul McFlynn are among names mentioned in connection with the vacancy.

Meanwhile, Fermanagh chairman Patsy Dolan continues to oversee the search for a successor to Peter Canavan.

The Tyrone legend left some weeks ago and while Brookeboro's Gerry Moane has been acknowledged as his only viable successor, it is understood the board is striving to acquire a more high-profile personality.

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