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Michael Johnston puts himself forward to be Antrim hurling manager

Updated: Wednesday, 22 Aug 2012 22:24 | Comments

Michael Johnston: 'I want to manage my own county and I would sweat, bleed and die for Antrim'
Michael Johnston: 'I want to manage my own county and I would sweat, bleed and die for Antrim'

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Michael Johnston has staked his claim for the vacant Antrim senior hurling manager position.

Johnston has been manager of Armagh for the last four years and is confident he is the right man to lead the Saffrons.

The St John's, Belfast clubman said: "I want the job, I want to take the team.

"I have cut my teeth - I have been working for four years with a great bunch of lads, but we've been limited in terms of resources and numbers.

"Of the names that have come up (as possible candidates) in Ulster, I don't think any of them have Croke Park experience in terms of management apart from PJ (O'Mullen).

"Not wanting to push the boat out, but I have good experience and I could bring that to Antrim. I want to manage my own county and I would sweat, bleed and die for Antrim."

Johnston, who led Armagh to two Nicky Rackard Cup titles in three years, added: "I feel I could make Antrim competitive. I feel I could put pride in them and make them gel."

"I would be fairly confident in my own abilities - I stood on the line in Croke Park and made decisions to win national titles.

"I like to think I would command respect, both in the dressing room and on the sideline, that wasn't there last year."

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