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Reports: Mickey Harte Future As Tyrone Manager In Doubt

Reports: Mickey Harte Future As Tyrone Manager In Doubt

There is uncertainty about the future of Mickey Harte as Tyrone manager.

BBC Northern Ireland reports that Harte's request to have his term as manager extended for another season was rejected at a Tyrone management committee meeting.

Harte has been in charge of the Tyrone senior team since the 2003 season, one in which the county won its first All-Ireland. He went on to lead his side to two more championships in 2005 and 2008.

However, Tyrone have reached just one more All-Ireland final in the intervening 12 years. That was the 2018 defeat to Dublin.

The 68-year-old was given a three-year term as manager in September 2017. That expired following Tyrone's exit from the Ulster Championship earlier this month with a two-point defeat to Donegal.

"We can’t get away from the fact that it’s been 12 years since we’ve beaten a Mayo, a Dublin or a Kerry in championship football," Sean Cavanagh, who was part of All-Ireland Harte All-Ireland winning teams, said on The Sunday Game following that defeat to Donegal.

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"I take my blame for a lot of that but I think Tyrone has to find a way now to compete at the very top because I think we’ve the talent to do it.

"You would hope Mickey would be able to have that conversation with the county board to decide when the time is right [to step away] but it’s probably never the right time."

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