Saturday 26 May 2018

'Why would Mickey want to speak to an idiot like you?' - John McAreavey slams Joe Brolly and RTE

John McAreavey and Mickey Harte and (inset) Joe Brolly
John McAreavey and Mickey Harte and (inset) Joe Brolly
Ger Keville

Ger Keville

John McAreavey has slammed Joe Brolly after the outspoken pundit criticised the Tyrone County Board's decision to give Mickey Harte another three years at the helm.

Harte met with Tyrone officials on Monday night and a new agreement to take charge until 2020 was approved unanimously.

Sunday Independent columnist and RTE pundit Brolly criticised the decision on Twitter when he wrote: "The Glorious Leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Tyrone has been insulted with a 3 year extension. He will now boycott everyone."

The "boycott" refers to Harte's decision not to talk to RTE since 2011, when a letter sent by Harte to the national broadcaster expressing his concerns that commentator Brian Carthy wasn't used enough was leaked.

Harte and the Tyrone management team were also deeply unhappy with comments from someone in RTE on a morning radio show that contained "inappropriate references to the fact that the Tyrone manager Mickey Harte was associated with the Dali Lama conference in Limerick" and also a choice of the song "Pretty Little Girl from Omagh" which Tyrone viewed  "an indication of the complete lack of sensitivity the presenter in question afforded the Harte family and Michaela's husband John McAreavey, in what remains for them a very difficult time".

McAreavey, whose wife Michaela - Mickey Harte's daughter - was murdered on their honeymoon in Mauritius in 2011, responded to Brolly on Twitter, writing: "Yapping like a 2 year old when he doesn't get his way! Why would Mickey want to speak to an idiot like you or your #rte pals?"

Harte guided Tyrone to three All Ireland titles in the noughties but Brolly feels it's time he stepped aside from his role with the county and make way for a fresh face.

Speaking on the Throw In,'s GAA podcast, recently, Brolly said:

Mickey would never do that (walk away). In Tyrone, it's virtually a criminal offence to criticise Mickey. No one in Tyrone would dare criticise Mickey. There's such psychological pressure on.

"There's a certain rump in Tyrone who, whenever I would say something which is pretty obvious I would have thought, would attack me. But there's another larger rump in Tyrone who would privately say, 'you're absolutely right.'

"If anyone thinks Mickey is going to walk quietly into the night has another thing coming.

"You'd have to say that his earlier career in the noughties and before spoke for itself. An All-Ireland minor title, a fantastic team in the noughties. And the reality is that a team can't win All-Irelands without the leader being right.

"But there comes a time. There's been a ten year transition now from the 2008 winners. And there's massive potential in Tyrone. Massive skills. They just need to change their philosophy in the game."

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