Tuesday 20 March 2018

GAA president critical of 'negative' Mickey Harte

Tyrone manager Mickey Harte
Tyrone manager Mickey Harte

Liam O'Neill has criticised the "consistent" negativity of Tyrone manager Mickey Harte.

The GAA president has expressed his disappointment with Harte following his comments regarding referee David Coldrick’s performance in the drawn Ulster football championship opener last weekend.

Harte voiced his concerns regarding what he referred to as inconsistencies in the application of the new black rule after last Sunday's drawn Ulster SFC preliminary round against Down.

A major talking point from the encounter was how Down forward Conor Maginn avoided a black card in the first half for pulling down Mark Donnelly for a Tyrone penalty when goalkeeper Niall Morgan was shown one for tripping Jerome Johnston.

Maginn went on to score a goal in the second half as the Mourne men launched an inspired comeback before a Sean Cavanagh free rescued a draw in injury time.

The GAA president was critical of Harte today, suggesting that the Tyrone boss is overly negative.

"In fairness to Mickey Harte, he doesn't leave much negativity out," O’Neill told Ocean FM today.

“If there's something negative to be said, Mickey will say it and he's consistent on that."

The replay between Tyrone and Down will take place this Saturday.

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