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Antrim surprised by Frank Dawson's resignation
Antrim football manager cites difference in ambition as he steps down.

ANTRIM ARE on the lookout for a new senior football manager following Frank Dawson’s shock resignation.

Dawson revealed today that he is standing down, much to the surprise of the Saffrons County Board who had recently ratified him for a second season in charge.

“The bottom line here is that the county board’s ambitions did not match mine,” he told BBC Sport NI.

Dawson took charge in October 2012 and, despite a poor first season and reports of considerable opposition to him, he was reappointed by the county committee in late August.

“In recent weeks we have been planning for the coming year with Frank, setting out what we all hope the team will achieve and we regarded those discussions as ongoing,” Antrim said in a statement this evening.

“At no stage was there any indication of the kind of issues raised by Frank in his statement today. Today’s decision, relayed by text message, came as a surprise to the County officers.

“We now draw a line under the brief Dawson era. We are looking forward and we will move to set up a process to appoint a new manager for Antrim footballers in the coming weeks.”

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