Saturday 18 January 2020

Harte wastes no time in switching focus to 2017

Mickey Harte Photo: Sportsfile
Mickey Harte Photo: Sportsfile

Less than a week after Tyrone's agonising exit from the All-Ireland series, Mickey Harte has already begun his preparations for a fresh challenge next season.

Garvaghey is the likely setting for a squad meeting which Harte regards as strategically important, despite the lingering, raw pain of last Saturday's one-point quarter-final defeat to Mayo.

"I think we have to reflect on what happened, review it to some degree, bring out the positives, and set goals for the new season, however long it appears to be away," he said.

"I think people need to get their mindset to say 'this is what we're targeting next season'. That process begins now.


"The value (of the meeting) is that people get time to reflect on the season.

"It isn't all about the last match; it's about what happened across the season.

"People must reflect on that, and reflect on it very positively, and set the goals and targets for the new season as well.

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"We achieved many of our goals, but I suppose the bar is high in Tyrone now and success is measured by All-Irelands. It's a long time since we reached that bar and the challenge is to get back there."

Meanwhile, Tipperary manager Liam Kearns has refused to comment on the club row affecting a number of his players as Shannon Rovers became the fifth team to be thrown out of their local hurling championship.

A sixth could follow as Moyle Rovers are waiting to learn their fate from the South Board.

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