Neal Peden has been appointed as the new Antrim hurling manager with former Clare and Dublin manager Anthony Daly named as an advisor in the new management team.
Peden takes over from previous joint bosses Terence McNaughton and Dominic McKinley having being part of their backroom team.
Gary O'Kane, who was also in the previous management team, will be a selector along with Karl McKeegan and Jim Close, while Daly returns to a senior inter-county role for the first time in four years.
The RTÉ hurling analyst enjoyed a six-year spell in charge of Dublin that included a first Leinster title for 52 years in 2013 and a League title in 2011. This year he led Dublin club Kilmacud Crokes to a county final, where they lost to Balluboden St Enda's after a replay.
Congratulations to Neal Peden who has been ratified as Antrim Senior Hurling Team Manager for 2019— Antrim GAA (@AontroimGAA) December 3, 2018
Also assisting Neal will be :
Karl McKeegan Selector
Gary O’Kane. Selector
Jim Close Selector
Anthony Daly Advisor
Good luck for the year ahead #Saffs pic.twitter.com/AA7JIrpEEP
Antrim endured a difficult 2018 campaign which saw the Saffrons relegated to Division Two of the Hurling League, while victory in a relegation play-off avoided demotion from the new second-tier Joe McDonagh Cup.