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« Reply #21525 on: November 22, 2020, 11:10:03 AM »
The only way is up.
Donít bank on it.

We canít be relegated and havenít won a championship match in a while so..
We could finish bottom.

3rd in div 4 feels like bottom
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« Reply #21526 on: November 22, 2020, 12:20:05 PM »
The only way is up. But we need a under 17 team thatís actually starting to do strength and conditioning now, they need to be developing their game and challenging Ulster counties, they need to be progressing through the ranks and encouraged by club and county.

Sometime we look like we have zero ambition when there is in house bitching between clubs and managers. We are not in a position for our best players not committing. If they arenít the questions should be asked, what would bring you to the set up... 

Regarding the U17ís youíre research mustnít have been very in depth. The 2020 U17 group have been on a tailored S&C plan from October 2019 set out and implemented by a qualified coach with periodic testing to ensure progression, which was evident.

2020 was obviously disjointed with only one U17 league game being played, a home win against Armagh. This particular group have been together from U15 and in that time have registered wins against, Derry, Armagh, Down, Fermanagh, Donegal and Tyrone within Ulster. Beat Louth, drew with Meath and run Dublin to within 2 points in Dublin and competed well against Mayo that same day.

Competitiveness at U17 level certainly isnít a problem there.

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« Reply #21527 on: November 22, 2020, 12:28:28 PM »
So less than a year in we are doing this? Great fantastic news..

When these lads get to senior level they will at the very least physically prepared, providing they commit and buy into it..

We would need to continue this from here on in, it should not be just for a few years as that needs to be the new normal.

When we are competitive every year at that level then the confidence will move through to senior
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« Reply #21528 on: November 22, 2020, 01:27:35 PM »
This is brilliant, exactly what is needed. We need to make sure that this is not just one particularly well organised year group, but part of a bigger joined up programme from about under 15 right through. The next priority for CMC and co is to ensure that a management structure is in place to oversee this, a group (or person) charged with the responsibility of sourcing and mentoring every single player that is deemed to have potential to play senior county football.

The good thing is we seem to have leadership at board level that appears to have genuine ambition for Antrim football. Credit where its due.

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« Reply #21529 on: November 22, 2020, 07:03:30 PM »
When we were holding our own nicely for large spells a few weeks ago against Cavan who would have guessed they would be crowned Ulster champions. That is at least a crumb of encourage for the new management team, and its only fair and right to say that the system Lenny used against them was as effective as any.

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« Reply #21530 on: November 22, 2020, 07:30:21 PM »
When we were holding our own nicely for large spells a few weeks ago against Cavan who would have guessed they would be crowned Ulster champions. That is at least a crumb of encourage for the new management team, and its only fair and right to say that the system Lenny used against them was as effective as any.

Ah come on

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« Reply #21531 on: November 22, 2020, 07:36:42 PM »
I don't think we can compare the Cavan side from today to the one that played against Antrim. If antrim would have beaten Cavan they'd have been tanked in the next game and god knows what Donegal would have done. That Cavan team was full of hunger and desire tonight, a brilliant display and well worth their win.  Great to see them winning it.

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« Reply #21532 on: November 22, 2020, 07:45:09 PM »
That Cavan team today looked a different team today to be fair. Shows how a team can grow in confidence after a few wins.

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« Reply #21533 on: November 23, 2020, 01:14:13 PM »
Canít help but think we have missed a trick not going for McEntee and Madden. By all accounts McEntee was highly thought of in Mayo and that Mayo team pushed this nearly unbeatable Dublin team as close as anyone.

McEntee - won an all Ireland playing and managed cross to 2 club AIís.
Madden - Coach with Glenullin winning championship, Derry and Tyrone county coaching experience. Lead Creggan to county final and did improve them.

McGinley - won AI as player.  Managed Swatragh and is related to the McCanns
Stephen OíNeill - won AI as player. Managed Dungiven

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« Reply #21534 on: November 23, 2020, 01:15:14 PM »
Here we go. McGinley out!!

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« Reply #21535 on: November 23, 2020, 01:42:20 PM »
Stevie Quinn is well regarded as a coach and obviously the Sean Kelly effect would have also added significant value too. Probably a close shave, and only the co officials interviewing are in a position to say where the tipping point was in favour of EMG.

Kevin /Tony would have had support too, also Im sure Paddy O Rourke didnt go down without a fight, but the jury has ruled and the show must go on.

Enda has got the job and will need all our support to create a mindset for Antrim to kick on. Lets get behind him now and hope some tangible progress is forthcoming during his term. Upwards and onwards...Saffron Abu.

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« Reply #21536 on: November 23, 2020, 02:14:49 PM »
Bannside - if you are going to try and come across as balanced at least try and be truthful.

It was out there weeks ago now that EMG had been approached and offered the position. Any other ticket in reality were at a disadvantage and possibly wasting their time. Was the interview process just a bluff?

Surprised you werenít backing the madden/McEntee ticket btw Bannside with the Antrim connection & you being a portglenone man and all.

Iíd be fairly hopeful that EMG can evolve into a good manager but I fear for potential conflict due to the family connection. Thatís a difficult situation for him to manage given his lack of experience. Perhaps a bigger concern is the fact the oneill is double jobbing with managing a club. I donít agree with that and should have been made choose as we wonít get his full attention.

Never heard of this Quinn fella you speak of. Glad to see sean in there even if he is number 4 in the setup Iíd expect he will be a good sound board for the players they should be picking.


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« Reply #21537 on: November 23, 2020, 05:04:09 PM »
I assume by your posts that you were very close to this process and understand that you are frustrated because you may never know the reason why your (preferred) ticket did not endure. Neither do I to be honest, I wasnt involved so how would I know. No doubt the board proactively went after their men, making it difficult for anyone to come from behind. Only time will tell if its the right decision but the reality is we may never know. But its done now, let it go, and get behind the successful application.

Whats the alternative?


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« Reply #21538 on: November 23, 2020, 05:16:12 PM »
Decision made so its either get behind the man now, or dont up to yourself.
Sounds like Madden has more fans in Creggan than in Portglenone. Maybe Madden will be back at the helm in Creggan as hes now job hunting and hes so highly thought of there.

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« Reply #21539 on: November 23, 2020, 05:36:26 PM »
Enda Mc ginlay thinks it gonna be a split season and thatís why Steven o Neil can double job. Not sure that will be the case. If Antrim draw Derry in championship there is some conflict there! Fair play Stevie though , must love helping Antrim and Derry football!!