Liam Bradley appointed as Antrim senior manager

GLENULLIN native Liam Bradley the father of Derry players Paddy and Eoin has sensationally been appointed as the new manager of the Antrim senior football team.

It will be his first sole managerial post at senior inter county level but he did have a role with Paddy Crozier for a season with the Derry senior team and was joint manager of Derry minors some time back with Richard Ferris.

Last year he was manager of the Glenullin team which won the Derry senior championship and currently he is the Banagher senior club team manager. He previously managed Claudy.

His back up team which is not yet finalised includes Niall Conway who managed the Derry minor team last season to an all Ireland final.

Bradley had been the first man to declare an interest in the Derry managerial post but pulled out later. Brian White a former manager had been the hot favourite to take over in Antrim and Liam Bradley had been the last of four to enter the race.

The other two candidates were Frank Delargy of Poprtglenone a man well known in Derry club football having managed Kilrea, Loup and Banagher as well as Conor McSherry a former Tyrone player who is the current manager of the St. Brigid's club in Belfast's Malone Road.

Liam Bradley played minor and under 21 football for Derry but injury prevented him from reaching a higher level. He has always had an interest in coaching and managing putting in many hours with his club at under age level.

This is his biggest challenge to date but he is then type of man who thrives on a challenge.