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Peter Canavan Cites Family Ties To Dismiss Tyrone Rumours

Peter Canavan Cites Family Ties To Dismiss Tyrone Rumours

Tyrone and Mickey Harte synonymous relationship has come to an end after 17 years and three All-Irelands.

Not since Art McRory and Eugene McKenna's reign ended in 2002 have The Red Hands seen another management team without Mickey Harte at the helm.

That year, Peter Canavan won his fourth All-Star award as his county bowed out of the Championship at the All-Ireland quarter-final stage.

Canavan has been earmarked as a potential successor to Harte, with Canavan himself having inter-county management experience with Fermanagh.

However, on Sky Sports coverage of the Ulster semi-final between Donegal and Armagh, the former Footballer of the Year distanced himself from the job.

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Canavan stated that he didn't want to take on a job whereby he would have to be directly involved with his family.

"I made that clear that I had no interest. I have family involvement in the squad at the minute.

"I think to be involved in management where you have family involved, judgements are either too lenient or too harsh, it doesn't rest easy with me.

"The Tyrone minors, if they were to field a team, I would have a son and three nephews playing in that team. I'd like to think in a couple of years that a few of them would be stepping up or trying to make the grade.

"So, it's much easier for me stepping aside."

Canavan reiterated that Tyrone supporters must trust and support whoever Mickey Harte's successor may be. Canavan named former Tyrone teammate Fergal Logan, who has previously stated his desire to manage the county senior side.

Canavan repeatedly praised his former manager Harte as being a "master motivator" and leader of men.

He also remarked that Harte has been a beacon of solace for an innumerable amount of families over the years.

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