GAA Football

Liam Bradley set for Slaughtneil job

Former Antrim manager Liam Bradley is the front-runner for the vacant Slaughtneil job.

FORMER Antrim boss Liam Bradley has emerged as the favourite to take charge of reigning Ulster club champions Slaughtneil.

Bradley, who guided his native Glenullin to the 2007 Derry title, looks like the prime candidate to step into Mickey Moran’s shoes after throwing his hat into a ring that has lost two of its leading contenders over the past week.

Kilrea native and former Ulster Council Games Development manager Terence McWilliams, who is responsible for much of the provincial body’s literature around underage coaching, is also understood to be in the running.

Liam Donnelly, who had taken Ballinascreen to the Derry SFC final last year where they were beaten by Slaughtneil, had been the early front-runner but withdrew his interest ahead of interview at the beginning of last week.

Slaughtneil native Pat Cassidy, father of midfielder Padraig, has also withdrawn. Cassidy has been involved with a number of successful underage teams in the club and was initially on Moran’s backroom team in 2014, but had to step away due to work commitments.

The club had intended having a manager in place before tonight’s opening Derry league game against neighbours Glen, but had to defer the process after “a minor technicality in the application procedure”.

That meant applications remained open until the beginning of this week and it appears that Bradley, who took Antrim to a rare Ulster final in 2009 during a successful first spell in charge before returning briefly for a second stint in 2014, is the favourite to take over.

Mickey Moran stepped down following their All-Ireland semi-final defeat by Nemo Rangers in February, having won three Ulster titles in four years with a club that had only ever collected one senior county football title before his arrival.

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