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The Irish News Archive - Aug 25 1998: Antrim hurling boss Sean McGuinness resigned? ‘Pure speculation'

SEAN McGuinness has described as “pure speculation”, claims he has resigned as Antrim hurling manager.

The Antrim county executive meets next week to discuss the management of the senior hurling and football teams.

“There is nothing concrete about my position because I was serving a one year management agreement which has now ended,” said McGuinness.

“I haven’t been notified about any meetings and haven’t been asked to attend any.

“The job has to be discussed so I would take it as pure speculation that I have resigned. How do these rumours come about?

“I would love to know who else is in for the job. I’m starting to feel like Ray McDonnell (Antrim football manager) because of speculation around. Everyone but Ray, it seems, is being mentioned.”

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DERRY Ladies Football is under a cloud after an alleged assault on a referee after the county final at Ballinascreen on Saturday night.

Less than a day before their male counterparts crashed out of the AllIreland Championship, the fledgling ladies’ game saw a showpiece occasion marred by violence.

The Irish News understands that referee PJ Cassidy of Ballinderry was struck immediately after the match in which Glen of Maghera lost by a point to Desertmartin.

Mr Cassidy, who has seven years experience as a referee, declined to comment when contacted about the incident.

A leading official present at the county final, who did not wish to be named, confirmed that the referee was struck, the blow knocking him to the ground and causing swelling on his upper jaw.

He was quickly treated with an ice-pack by St John Ambulance personnel before being escorted from the field.

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ALL-IRELAND title-winning manager Eamon Coleman is favourite to take charge of Derry for the 1998-99 season after Sunday’s shocking Croke Park hammering by Galway.

Damien Barton was tentatively linked yesterday with the position under review also following the cataclysmic comedy of errors which sent them crashing out of the Championship.

An inept, shapeless and blunt performance, hinting at a team playing past its sell-by date with so many key players out of touch, it has arguably signalled the imminent departure of management personnel.

Brian Mullins, after three years as team manager, is no longer officially in the position.

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IRELAND’S youth boxers got off to a winning start at the European Cadet championships in Latvia with victories for Pat Maughan (CIE) and Ken Egan (Neilstown). Welterweight Egan blasted out Hungarian Ferenc Lankonde inside a round while Dubliner Maughan took a points decision over Azeribijan’s Emil Mageromov.

Another of Ireland’s seven-strong side, Cormac O’Conaire, from the Bay City ABC, lost out to the Cadet champion of Armenia.

Ulster interest at the Jurmala tournament centres on St Agnes duo Michael McCombe and Patrick Taylor alongside Star attraction Gerald McAuley.

Irish champion Dermot Lawlor from the Nuine Bheag club in Co Carlow completes Ireland’s challenge for European medals.

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NEWRY Town defeated a Manchester United select 4-3 at the Showgrounds last night. Dessie Gorman gave the hosts a two goal lead before the youthful visitors fought back to 3-2 ahead, only for Alan Hall to equalise before Andy Myler scored the winner. Northern Ireland international Philip Mulryne and compatriot David Healy were in the Red Devils’ line-up.

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