Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 20 August 2014

A pressing engagement for Tyrone boss Mickey

When preparing for yesterday’s All Ireland hurling championship final against Kilkenny, Waterford manager Davy Fitzgerald whisked his side away to Scotland so that they could focus on their task in relative seclusion.

Tyrone manager Mickey Harte is also now expected to take his squad to a secret location this weekend as they fine-tune their strategy for Sunday week’s All Ireland football decider against Kerry.

Tyrone will host a Press Night on Wednesday which is expected to be one of the biggest and most important of its kind in the recent history of the GAA.

“Our sole aim is to win a third All Ireland title and we are leaving no stone unturned in attempting to achieve this goal,” says Harte.

With Stephen O’Neill back in his squad and no serious injuries to report, Harte expects to deal from a full hand when it comes to naming his side.

Indeed, O’Neill may not only get game time against Kerry but he could perhaps come into the thinking of new Ulster boss Joe Kernan who will be a more than interested spectator at the game as he warms to his task of preparing for the forthcoming inter-provincial championship.

Ulster will meet Munster in the semi-final at Dungarvan on Saturday, October 25 with the final scheduled for the following Saturday night under the Croke Park floodlights.

“Obviously I will be most interested in observing Tyrone players and I’ll have the chance, too, to have another close look at Kerry who are likely to provide a large slice of the Munster team,” maintains Kernan.

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