At yesterday’s launch of the Bord Gais Energy Under-21 Hurling Championship, the Antrim representative, Christy McNaughton, revealed that the county do not yet have a manager.
The Saffrons are set to kick off their Ulster Under-21 Championship campaign against Derry on July 19, and for McNaughton and his teammates it is a case of same old, same old.
He spoke to the media at the championship launch, expressing his dissatisfaction at the entire situation to the Irish Daily Star.
“We haven’t even got together yet because we still have no manager.”
“You can’t really prepare. I was really hoping this year we could have a really good go at it. I’ve been asking around and nobody seems to be really interested. I don’t know why.”
Antrim continually dominate the Ulster championship at this grade before typically coming up short in the All Ireland series to far superior prepared teams from Munster, Leinster or Galway.
Christy is the son of Saffrons legend Terence “Sambo” McNaughton and is trying to be persuaded to be pursue his father to take up the post, who took charge of the side last year.
In comparison to other counties how can the side from the North realistically believe they have any chance of making progress in the championship?
“The Derry game is July 19. There’s still a bit of time if someone came in now but I was talking to one of the Galway lads and they’ve been training since February and they don’t play until August.
“Maybe someone might turn up for the match. It’s not even funny.
“The other boys on the senior panel are trying to talk my da into taking it.
“That’s probably what will happen. Someone from the senior management will do it.”
If these quotes are anything to go by, hurling folk in Antrim won’t be holding out too much hope for their young guns to blast a hole in the latter stages of this year’s championship, yet again, unfortunately.
Aaron Ward, Pundit Arena