By Padraic Ryan

Antrim have confirmed that Under-21 boss Frank Fitzsimmons is the county’s new senior football manager after Liam ‘Baker‘ Bradley stepped down after less than a year in charge.

A county board spokesperson confirmed to RTÉ Sport that Bradley stepped down Wednesday, unhappy at plans to consult clubs on the management team for 2015.

“It’s custom and practice that clubs have the opportunity to nominate or ratify team management,” Antrim County Board Secretary Frankie Quinn told RTÉ Sport.

“[Liam Bradley] did make it known that he was unhappy [with this approach].”

Fitzsimmons has been appointed on a 12-month basis.

Bradley had been in charge of the Saffrons from 2009 to 2012, before re-taking the position in November of last year.

Antrim saw off the challenge of Fermanagh to reach this year’s Ulster SFC semi-final, but were comfortably beaten by Donegal in that game.

They subsequently lost to Limerick in the All-Ireland qualifiers.