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BY FRANCIS MOONEY FORMER Antrim star Kevin Madden has revealed a burning ambition to manage his native county.

And he believes his current role as Tyrone coach is providing him with vital experience which can help him fulfil his dream.

"Ultimately I would like to manage my own county some day, and bring them back to the top table," said Madden (left).

"There is a momentum in Antrim.

"I can see being involved with Tyrone, a team who have consistently been at the top table for a number of years, that the talent is there in Antrim compared to any other county.

"People might think I am exaggerating, but it is the training environment and the professionalism that goes with it.

"That's where Antrim needs to get to."

Madden feels a key ingredient for success must be the establishment of a top-class training base in Antrim, akin to Tyrone's state-of-the-art complex at Garvaghey.

"Antrim needs a centre of excellence.

"You look at Garvaghey and it is a world class training facility that is second to none.

"The very fact that as a county footballer that is where you go to prepare, and train, and you have all those facilities at your disposal, that is massive when it comes to preparing a football team. Antrim don't have anything like that."

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Apr 30, 2020
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