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A force to be reckoned with: Tyrone manager Mickey Harte

A force to be reckoned with: Tyrone manager Mickey Harte

A force to be reckoned with: Tyrone manager Mickey Harte

There was just the faintest whiff of vigilantism coming off the criticism that assailed Mickey Harte over the Sean Cavanagh "concussion" earlier this week.

It is a pity when good people get used in the opportunistic way that resulted in the Tyrone GAA manager being depicted this week as somehow ambivalent towards the health of one of his players.

I doubt there is a manager in sport today with a keener awareness of the danger heavy collisions can carry than one who helped carry a fatally injured Paul McGirr off a football field in June of '97.

Harte's misfortune last weekend was to have a single post-match quote held up to forensic light after the National League game against Derry.

He described Cavanagh's injury as a "mild concussion" when no such injury had - technically - been actually diagnosed.

If it had, we can be pretty certain that Cavanagh would not have resumed playing.

Yet, for this imprecise phraseology (and for having the courtesy to answer media questions immediately afterwards) the Tyrone manager faced a cacophony of criticism that was as inappropriate as it was unfair.

In my opinion, he deserved better.

Belfast Telegraph