Mickey Harte steps down as Tyrone manager after 18 years

Mickey Harte has stepped down as Tyrone senior football manager.

Harte’s 18-year spell took the Red Hand to their first ever All-Ireland title in 2003.

He then backed it up with two more in the next five years, op top of claiming Ulster titles in 2009, 2010, 2016 and 2017.

“I always say that I feel privileged ever to have been a manager of any Tyrone team,” Harte said, via the Irish Examiner.

“To get through the minors, the under-21s and seniors for so long is an absolute privilege and I would never look at it in any other way.

“That’s how I leave things, I am privileged to have been given the opportunities I have been given and I did my best every year I was there.”

arte was seeking one final year at the helm of the Tyrone senior side, but his request was refused on grounds that clubs would have to vote on the ruling.

Congratulations, Mickey Harte, on a truly fantastic career. Not just what you achieved, but how you gave so much to the and especially your beloved . I’ve always had huge respect for your values, and hugely regret you fell out with RTE. Wishing you the very best. ♥️

— Des Cahill (@sportsdes)

Uncertainty surrounded the future of the longest-serving manager in Gaelic football this week after the county’s Ulster SFC exit at hands of Donegal.

Having come to the end of a three-year contract following his reappointment in 2017, Harte had little to say about his future following their early championship exit to the Ulster champions recently.

“I haven’t considered anything about that just right now,” he said at the time.

Feargal Logan, the manager of Tyrone’s U21 All-Ireland victory in 2015, is believed to be among the front-runners to replace Harte.

Former Scotstown and Cavan boss Mattie McGleenan could also be a candidate to takeover the Red Hand.

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