Sunday 25 August 2019

Mulligan: Cavanagh's Harte remarks 'embarrassing'

Owen Mulligan
Owen Mulligan

Harry Clarke

Owen Mulligan has hit out at former team-mate Seán Cavanagh for his "embarrassing" comments about Tyrone manager Mickey Harte.

Following Kerry's All-Ireland semi-final victory over Tyrone in Croke Park, 'Sunday Game' host Des Cahill asked the panel if the Red Hand set-up needed to be freshened up after 17 years of Harte at the helm.

Both Ciarán Whelan and Malachy O'Rourke argued that such a move would have its benefits, before Cavanagh added: "He's been an amazing servant for the county; the three All-Ireland titles. But the reality is that the likes of Art McRory and Eugene McKenna were there for a long time before him and did amazing work as well. And there does come a time when that baton has to be passed on.

"He's given his life to Tyrone football but there are other guys there. The likes of Fergal Logan, Peter Canavan, Brian Dooher are big names in Tyrone football as well. And the core of that team today won an U-21 title with those guys. Maybe it's time for someone like that in."

Writing a column for Paddy Power, Mulligan labelled Cavanagh's contribution "embarrassing".

"Incredibly, he summed Mickey Harte with just six words. 'An amazing servant for the county'," wrote Mulligan. "That was before he introduced the word 'but', and go on to cover it up with positive comments about previous management teams.

"Really, is that it Seán? Jesus! I know men that have served committees that are amazing servants for the county. He's delivered 37 trophies in 28 years. 23 of those trophies with the Tyrone senior team.

"Mickey revolutionised the fortunes of county football in Tyrone, and all Seán can offer is six words on him."

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"Harte will be sore, not because of Seán Cavanagh's embarrassing comments, but because Tyrone let the semi-final slip away from them when it was there for the taking."

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