Mickey Harte has stepped down as Tyrone manager after 18 years.
The three-time All-Ireland winning manager, who was the longest serving in the country, has made the decision to step down after the Red Hand’s defeat to Donegal in the Ulster SFC earlier this month.
Harte, who led Tyrone to the Sam Maguire in 2003, 2005 and 2008, had a request for a one-year contract extension turned down by the Tyrone county board.
Tyrone also reached the All-Ireland final in 2018, and won six Ulster Senior Championship titles under Harte’s guidance.
The Red Hand have released a statement to thank Harte for his remarkable service to the county.
“For over 30 years Mickey Harte’s name has been synonymous with Tyrone GAA and success.
“On behalf of Tyrone GAA, the senior football players and backroom team, an Coiste Chontae, an Coiste Bainistí, our clubs, our supporters and every Tyrone Gael at home or abroad, we wish to sincerely thank Mickey for all his years of dedication, service and leadership.”
Harte confirmed his decision in a statement released by Tyrone GAA.
“In light of recent speculation, I feel it is appropriate to clarify my situation for the good of Tyrone football and for the supporters who have been with me on this journey for so long,” it read.
“The 2020 season was thrown into disarray by the impact of Covid-19, resulting in a six-month complete break from Inter-county activity. Accordingly, I requested to continue for another season to compensate for this missed opportunity to complete my final term in more normal circumstances.
“Unfortunately, this request was not granted by the Tyrone management committee.Although I am disappointed, this feeling is far outweighed by one of immense gratitude for having had the privilege of managing Tyrone at minor, U21 and senior level for the last thirty years. I will be forever indebted to the fantastic people of Tyrone, and indeed Gaels across the entire globe. Through the various highs and lows, my family and I have been supported by so many good people from all backgrounds and communities.
“It is impossible to fully express in this short statement what needs to be said, but it would be remiss of me not to say a brief thank you. To the players, from the minors of 1991 to the seniors of 2020, I couldn’t have asked for better. I deeply appreciate your dedication and commitment to the Tyrone cause. To the various back room teams and County board officials, without whose support this adventure would not have been possible, thank you for being part of the journey.
“To club Tyrone and their members, thank you for your endeavours in helping us be the best we could be.To the supporters of Tyrone, inside and outside the county, thank you for your loyalty and know that you were always at the forefront of our collective desire to succeed. To my family, who afforded me the time to dedicate myself to this role, it wouldn’t have been possible without your unwavering support – thank you.
“I am blessed to have had the good health to be on the side-line for every game bar one in all of those thirty years. Tyrone football has given me so much and I sincerely wish all Tyrone teams continued success in the future.”
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