Friday 30 September 2016

Harte ups ante over selectors on the sideline

Declan Bogue

Published 09/07/2016 | 02:30

Mickey Harte. Photo: Sportsfile
Mickey Harte. Photo: Sportsfile

Tyrone manager Mickey Harte has lit the blue touch paper on the Ulster final between themselves and Donegal, questioning why Donegal send selector Marc 'Maxi' Curran onto the field of play so frequently.

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Asked if he was concerned about things that have occurred on the sideline during Donegal games this summer, Harte replied: "I just would like to let you know how things have changed.

"In 2005, when we were playing Armagh in a critical game, the All-Ireland semi-final, (former selector) Tony Donnelly came up and stood beside me on the line for about 15 or 18 minutes, in the second half of that game until almost the end of it."

He continued: "He got suspended for it. And wasn't allowed inside the wire for the All-Ireland final and the first game of the next season because he stood beside me for that period of time and that was not allowed. That's a far cry from what I see at the minute. There has been some change somewhere, maybe it will change back."

Pressed

Pressed on if he felt there was a measure of what Fermanagh manager Pete McGrath termed as gamesmanship to the pitch incursions, Harte stated: "Well, all I will say is that I fail to see the necessity to be on the pitch as much as some people do."

Harte also rubbished claims that Tyrone and Donegal have a poor relationship over accusations made after a stormy 2015 minor championship game.

"There are a lot of people speaking with wonderful authority about this vitriol that is supposed to exist between Tyrone and Donegal. They didn't show us any evidence, they went on rumour and the rumour mill," the Errigal Ciaran clubman said.

"They were prepared to talk about it as if it was the truth. That's all been investigated and dealt with and there was no evidence. I don't think any such vitriol exists between Tyrone and Donegal at all."

Meanwhile, Derry selector Tony Scullion has dismissed his former team-mate Joe Brolly's claim that the Derry county team do not play enough with their clubs.

"Well that's complete nonsense," he said. "Out of 12 or 13 games in Derry, I think the lads have played in all but two or three of those games. If Joe's saying that statement, he is completely wrong."

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