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Hurling: Anxious Antrim awaiting Dinny Cahill’s decision

By John Campbell

Antrim should know on Monday night if Dinny Cahill is prepared to stay on as county hurling boss for another year.

Nominations for the post will be accepted at a county board meeting then but it would seem that if Cahill is prepared to lob his name into the hat then he will remain in the job.

And the Tipperary man, who has not publicly stated his intentions, would surely relish the prospect of continuing in his post if Antrim could prove a match for Dublin in today’s All-Ireland Under 21 semi-final in Newry.

Cahill’s enthusiasm and commitment, allied to his marked ability to spot and harness emerging talent, have been central to the county’s recent progress at various levels and officials are keen to see him given an extended tenure.

“Dinny is certainly showing the way ahead and playing a big part in the development of hurling,” states Antrim county chairman Jim Murray.

Although Dublin are red-hot favourites today to progress into the All-Ireland U21 final, many of the players in the Antrim side have been unearthed and nurtured by Cahill and his backroom team.

“He has shown patience and understanding,” says Murray.

“We are obviously looking to the future and it’s good to see that we have some exciting talent coming through.

“Further light will be thrown on the team management situation at Monday night’s board meeting, I would imagine.”

Antrim secretary Frankie Quinn has confirmed that nominations for the hurling post will be taken at the meeting.

“This is normal protocol,” points out Quinn.

“Clubs are entitled to make nominations for the job as they see fit.

“It will be a matter for the board to decide after that.”

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