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Future of Red Hands manager to be decided at board meeting

 

By Declan Bogue

Tyrone county board will have a vote tonight to decide the future of senior team manager Mickey Harte.

This comes 24 hours after the county football squad held a player's meeting to debrief themselves of the 2017 season, where they captured the Dr McKenna Cup, retained their Ulster title, but fell disappointingly to a heavy defeat from Dublin in the All-Ireland semi-final.

At the end of last year, Harte was keen for the county board to grant him an additional year prior to the 2017 season.

However, it was decided to treat the cases of the minor, under-21 and senior management as a collective block and this request was not granted.

However, there is some doubt as to the length of term Harte may be granted this time.

While previous arrangements were for two years, there is a chance he may only be given an extra year.

Harte has already indicated his desire to stay with this current team for the foreseeable future, stating after their All-Ireland exit: "I think I've made that suggestion many times during the year. I do expect to be here. It's not in my hands."

The last time his stewardship of the senior team was up for debate, only two club delegates from Tyrone's club's voted against him. In the meantime, he has delivered two Ulster Championships so his hand is considerably strengthened.

If it is two years, it might be expected that having been in charge since 2002, he could draw a natural end to his time in charge at the end of that period.

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