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Martin Breheny

Why Tyrone's pathetically weak decision to end Mickey Harte's reign at end of strange 2020 campaign defies logic

Martin Breheny


After 18 years, he deserved better than petty way he was forced out

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Watching brief: Mickey Harte takes in the Down-Cavan semi-final a day after stepping down from his Tyrone post

Watching brief: Mickey Harte takes in the Down-Cavan semi-final a day after stepping down from his Tyrone post

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Watching brief: Mickey Harte takes in the Down-Cavan semi-final a day after stepping down from his Tyrone post

Irrespective of what honeyed words were rushed into service by Tyrone's power-brokers to shower Mickey Harte with compliments, they don't disguise the reality that he was shafted by his own.

It was as unfair as it was classless. A cabinet full of trophies - including a first All-Ireland success, plus two more over the next five years - and a near-constant presence at the business end of the Championship in most other seasons during his 18-year tenure counted for nothing.

Harte's latest three-year term was up, and if he wanted to continue, he would have to put his name forward and slug it out with other contenders, assuming of course that anyone ran against him.


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