Thursday 29 September 2016

Imagine Tyrone's shame if Harte joined Cavan

Published 14/09/2016 | 02:30

Tyrone manager Mickey Harte. Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
Tyrone manager Mickey Harte. Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

It would serve the Tyrone county board right if Mickey Harte resisted their demand that he proves himself all over again next year and instead walked away from a position he has held since late 2002.

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Refusing to appoint him for the next two years is not only an insult to Harte, it also defies logic. If he resigned, would his replacement be appointed for one year only?

Of course not. At the very least, he would be given a minimum of two years. Otherwise, the job would remain vacant as no one would take it for one season and then wait to see what happened next.

Yet, that's exactly what Tyrone are proposing for a manager who has presided over three All-Ireland, one Allianz League (Division 1) and five Ulster title wins.

The obvious inference from the board's decision is that, for whatever reason, they want to make it clear to Harte who is really in control. It smacks of internal politics and while those involved may not give a damn about the optics, the rest of the country are amazed by the public rebuke of such a successful manager.

In case Tyrone haven't noticed, the attractive Cavan job is vacant at present so if Harte decided he wasn't going to take up the limited offer in his own county, he might well get a call from Breffni-land.

Imagine the embarrassment for Red Hand chiefs if Harte quit and joined Cavan, who then went on to beat Tyrone in next year's Ulster championship.

It's what they deserve.

Irish Independent

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