Wednesday 24 May 2017

Mickey Harte set for two more years in Tyrone

Mickey Harte is to be offered a two-year term to continue as Tyrone football manager
Mickey Harte is to be offered a two-year term to continue as Tyrone football manager
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Mickey Harte is to be offered a two-year term to continue as Tyrone football manager.

A county board meeting tonight is expected to hear a proposal from a three-person committee, headed by chairperson Roisin Jordan, that the game's longest serving manager should remain on until the end of 2017 at least.

Harte met with that committee last week, having expressed a desire to continue in the immediate aftermath of their All-Ireland semi-final defeat to Kerry.

Tyrone are adamant that the discussion was not tantamount to an interview.

For the first time since he took charge at the end of 2002, Harte ended a Championship season without any extension already in place and that created some doubt over his future.

Harte has made it known how keen he has been to continue, even having meeting with his squad on the Wednesday after their defeat to Kerry to review their season and look ahead, despite not technically being the manager at that time.

A board meeting earlier this month was seen as an opportunity to quickly ratify Harte again after a progressive season that took Tyrone through to an All-Ireland semi-final for the second time in three years.

With no goal conceded in five-and-a-half matches, Harte has put some strong fundamentals in place.

But pockets of some resistance are understood to have sprung up this summer, with even Peter Canavan admitting that some in the county were hoping that the would lose earlier than they did to hasten the departure of their only ever All-Ireland senior winning manager.

There have been suggestions that among the issues the board have been trying to iron out with Harte his co-operation with RTE.

Tyrone have yet to tie down their U-21 management who guided them to All-Ireland success in May but it is expected that Fergal Logan, Canavan and Brian Dooher will also take on a two-year term.

Irish Independent

Promoted articles

Editor's Choice

Also in Sport