Saturday 20 January 2018

'Does it just sound good when it's retweeted?' - Mickey Harte takes aim at 'celebrity' GAA pundits

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

Tyrone manager Mickey Harte has praised Sky's GAA coverage but is critical of 'celebrity' pundits who throw out 'sound bites'.

The Sunday Game has been in the centre of the news recently after Jim Gavin criticised Pat Spillane and Colm O'Rourke for their comments about Diarmuid Connolly, with Harte offering his support for the Dublin manager at the Tyrone press night ahead of the Ulster final.

Harte, who no longer conducts interviews with RTE, then criticised unnamed 'celebrity' pundits who he thinks offer little substance in their analysis.

"It is a case of do we get quality analysis or do we get sound bites?," Harte said.

"That is the big difference. You need to be sure the people who analysing our games, some people would call them celebrity analysts, they need to be really mindful of the fact that it is not about putting someone else down to raise themselves up.

"It should be about this insightful information we are sharing with people. Is there substance behind what I am saying or does it just sound good when it is Retweeted by someone who does not know much about what they read."

The Tyrone boss then went on to praise Sky's pundits, with Harte's former player Peter Canavan a regular on the station's championship coverage.

"They really tell us something different and they don’t tell us what we have all seen after it has happened, they actually suggest things that could be done to improve it," said Harte.

"They analyse the thing in specific detail and they are very good to listen to and it is not about sound bites. There is an alternative there and if people look on they can see which they would prefer to look at and to listen to."

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