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Enda McGinley urges Tyrone chiefs to strike a deal with Mickey Harte

By Declan Bogue

Three-time All-Ireland winner Enda McGinley has urged the Tyrone county board to secure Mickey Harte's future now that he is in contractual limbo.

With Harte stating publicly that his "intentions are to help build this team into something even better than they are now" in the wake of Sunday's All-Ireland semi-final defeat to Kerry, McGinley wants the board to act with urgency as his three-year term is officially up after the weekend's result.

"Given the progress he has made and what he has achieved in the past, I think the county board will have to wait to leave it to him to say. But Mickey has earned the right. If he wants it, it's very difficult to see who would stand in his way," McGinley explained to the Belfast Telegraph.

On Tyrone's transformation throughout 2015, McGinley believes the manager has shown that he is among the very best in the game.

"I think Mickey has proved himself again," his fellow Errigal Ciaran man said.

"The most you can ask of any management team is that they are making progress.

"This year, from February and early March, when in some games the form was very poor, the progress they have made has been massive and it has been consistent.

"The performance against Kerry, which was the best performance of the year, came off the back of the Monaghan display, which was their best show up until then.

"You can see a big change in the players. I would say Mickey has identified that and so his appetite could well be whetted in terms of where he sees this team progressing to.

"If he senses a sniff of an All-Ireland, and thinks that's there for the taking, then I think he will see the potential within that group."

It has emerged that while Harte's tenure is now up, managers of other Red Hands teams find themselves in exactly the same position. Under-21 boss Feargal Logan, along with assistants Peter Canavan and Brian Dooher, have also not been informed if they are to continue in their roles, even though they are due to defend the All-Ireland title in 2016.

The same also applies to the minor management team of Mickey Donnelly, Ryan McMenamin and Brian McGuigan, a situation that caused much rancour within the county last year.

"Certainly, there are a number of good management teams in place and I imagine that there are structures and men being lined up for posts with the work being done behind the scenes by the new Tyrone Academy," continued McGinley.

"Tyrone have a very positive policy of appointing from within the county, but within that they should know their various men for the various posts.

"There might be a number of people available for each post, but certainly any team benefits from an earlier appointment and I think the Under-21s showed that. They were getting to work very early in preparation for their success.

"The preparation of teams now starts from very early days, so if there is ambiguity around any of the management teams, then certainly I think the county board should, and would, be making that a priority."

It is expected that the Tyrone county board will carry out a review of all teams in the short term.

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