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Frank Dawson surprisingly quits as Antrim football manager

Updated: Friday, 20 Dec 2013 11:16 | Comments

Frank Dawson stresses different agendas were at play regarding the future of Antrim football
Frank Dawson stresses different agendas were at play regarding the future of Antrim football

Frank Dawson has stepped down as manager of the Antrim senior footballers after one season in charge.

The county board were informed of the decision by text, six weeks after the same board ratified Dawson to take charge of the Saffrons for the 2014 season.

Under Dawson's stewardship, Antrim endured a difficult year that saw relegation from Division 3 of the Allianz Football League. The Championship saw defeats in the Ulster campaign against Monaghan, while Louth recorded an easy win the opening round of the qualifiers.

Despite all that, the Antrim board opted for no change when addressing the management issue in August.

However Dawson has now come out and said that he was left with no option but to resign after he claimed that his vision for the future of Antrim football was not shared by the county board.

Speaking to BBC Sport, he said: "I came into the job with a wide-ranging remit and of course I was bitterly disappointed at the way things worked out last season.

"However I remain absolutely convinced that the template drawn up for the future of Antrim football, if given the necessary support at all levels of the county, would have delivered both promotion and longer success for the county.

"It was made obvious to me since my ratification, and over recent days, following a meeting with county officers, that my plans and ambitions for moving forward were not matched by all concerned. It always appeared that there was a different agenda.

"Therefore I believe it is best for all concerned, and in particular for all those genuine Antrim footballers and supporters, that I move on." 

Needless to say the county board were taken aback by Dawson's decision as they had planned further discussions with Dawson on the best way forward for the senior side. 

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