Future of Tyrone boss Mickey Harte to be decided at special meeting

Mickey HarteTyrone club delegates are to meet with the county executive on Tuesday evening to decide on the future of senior team manager Mickey Harte.

Harte, whose position is shrouded in uncertainty, has had talks with a three-person delegation from the county executive, headed by county chairperson Roisin Jordan.

Their recommendation is to be conveyed to the remainder of the executive and club representatives at a crunch meeting at Garvaghey.

Doubt has surrounded the issue of Harte’s reappointment since the Red Hands made their exit from the All-Ireland Championship following defeat by Kerry in last month’s semi-final.

It’s understood a number of issues have been matters of concern, including the manager’s refusal to conduct interviews with RTE, the size of his backroom team, and availability of players to their clubs.

For the first time since his appointment in late 2002, Harte does not have an agreed extension to his term.

But he has made it clear that he wants to continue for a 14th season. Three days after the defeat by Kerry, he held a meeting with the players to review the season and discuss plans for 2016.

And he has been on the look-out for fresh talent over the past two weekends, when he attended a number of club championship games.

The county executive has not yet met with the U21 management, but are expected to sit down with the All-Ireland winning team of Feargal Logan, Brian Dooher and Peter Canavan within the next week.

And nominations have closed for candidates for the post of minor manager, following Mickey Donnelly’s departure after five years in the job.