LIAM ‘BAKER’ BRADLEY has become the latest inter-county manager to bow out after it was announced today that his four-year tenure in charge of the Antrim senior footballers has come to a close.
In an official statement on the Antrim GAA website, it was confirmed that Bradley was stepping down. The father of Derry senior footballers Paddy and Eoin, Bradley took charge at the start of the 2009 season and enjoyed relative success in his opening two seasons. In 2009 Antrim reached an Ulster senior football final where they were defeated by Tyrone while they also won consecutive league promotions in 2009 from Division 4 and in 2010 from Division 3.
This season they claimed the scalp of Galway in the All-Ireland football qualifiers after earlier losing an Ulster championship quarter-final against Monaghan but it was in Semple Stadium in Thurles at the hands of Tipperary that Antrim saw their season draw to an end in the round three of the All-Ireland qualifiers.
County chairman Jim Murray confirmed the news and thanked Bradley for this efforts.
“Antrim football now is in a much better place than it was in 2009 when Liam came on board. He gave the players belief and confidence and under his management great strides have been made. There have been a few highlights including reaching the Ulster Final, securing successive promotions and beating Galway this summer. Liam Bradley has been good for Antrim and we wish him every success in the future. Over the next few days the County Board will put in place aprocess to seek nominations for a new manager.”