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'Success is more than just winning cups': Mickey Harte calls time on his 18-year reign as Tyrone manager

Mickey quits happy his players gave their best

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Down the years: The many faces of Mickey Harte

Down the years: The many faces of Mickey Harte

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Down the years: The many faces of Mickey Harte

On this very day 18 years ago, November 14, 2002, Mickey Harte walked into Eddie Mallon's newsagents in Ballygawley to pick up the local paper, and the Ulster Herald screamed back at him; 'Mickey Harte - new Tyrone manager.'

And today, Harte walks away from not just that job but 30 years continuous involvement with Tyrone teams since he became minor manager in 1991. He leaves as one of the most decorated managers in the game and in the conversation for greatest of all time.

It's Friday morning outside his house in Glencull. And it's remarkable. Amazing. Mickey Harte, a man who has been on a war footing for the benefit of Tyrone football for 30 years looks relaxed and serene. There is none of the residual nervous energy that can infect people around a football match. There's only a mild regret that his final year was taken away from him by Coronavirus.


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