Liam Bradley has resigned from his post as Antrim football manager fuelling speculation that he may be in line for a return to Derry.
Bradley had served as manager of the Antrim senior footballers for four years but he never recaptured the heights of his debut season.
The former Derry selector was appointed in 2009 and in his first year he guided Antrim to a first Ulster Final appearance in 29 years.
Antrim released a statement thanking Bradley for the work he had done with the county, highlighting 2009’s exceptional run.
“Antrim football now is in a much better place than it was in 2009,” said Antrim GAA chairman Jim Murray. “He gave the players belief and confidence and under his management great strides have been made.
“There have been a few highlights including reaching the Ulster Final, securing successive promotions and beating Galway this summer. Liam Bradley has been good for Antrim and we wish him every success in the future.
“Over the next few days the County Board will put in place a process to seek nominations for a new manager.”
Derry, meanwhile, have been in disarray this season following last year’s encouraging start under Erin’s Own Lavey man John Brennan.
Brennan has been under extreme pressure this season and a quarter final defeat to Donegal in the Ulster Championship was followed by a disappointing defeat to Longford in round one of the All-Ireland qualifiers.
The GAA’s second oldest manager said recently that he would be willing to walk away from the job if he saw someone who felt he could do a better job with what was available to him.
John Mitchel’s Glenullin man Bradley has been linked with the managerial post in his native county following the Derry County Board’s decision to open up the post to nominations from clubs.
Brennan had indicated that he would not be willing to go through an interview process to secure the job, seemingly making the position vacant following the board’s decision.