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Last Updated: Wednesday, 25 October 2006, 07:57 GMT 08:57 UK
Culbert's Saffron reign is over
Antrim manager Mickey Culbert
Mickey Culbert has spent two years in charge of Antrim footballers
Jody Gormley is likely to be appointed Antrim football manager after current boss Mickey Culbert withdrew his name from consideration for the job.

An angry Culbert said the board's "slow-coach response" had convinced him to pull out of the process.

Culbert, who was interviewed for the job on Monday, claimed the Antrim board had shown a "lack of respect" to him and his proposed backroom team.

Kevin Madden and Gearoid Adams were in line to link up with Culbert.

"I've been unhappy for some time now about the constant foot-dragging of the county board," Culbert told the Irish News.

"I understand the need for due process and that officers have the whole county to administrate but the senior footballers and hurlers are your flagship and they should have been tended to well before now.

"I have been in semi-conflict with the county board for quite some time now and a lot of things weren't right.

"We didn't have goalposts last season for about six months, which was a bit of a joke, to say the least."

Culbert was in charge of the Saffrons for two years.

In his first season at the helm, Antrim drew with Cavan in the Ulster Championship first round before losing against the Breffnimen in the replay and the Saffrons were then well beaten by Meath in the qualifiers.

This year after another undistinguished National League campaign, Antrim squandered a glorious chance to beat Fermanagh in the Ulster Championship and they then suffered a hugely disappointing defeat against Clare in the qualifiers.

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