Former Fermanagh player and manager Dominic Corrigan has warned the Tyrone County Board that they would be making a big mistake if they were to end Mickey Harte’s management tenure.
Last weekend, Tyrone exited the All-Ireland championship at the hands of Kerry having been leading by four points at one stage.
The fall out from that game saw the likes of former Tyrone player Sean Cavanagh suggest that it is time for a new manager in the Red Hand county, despite the fact that Harte has another year left on his agreed term.
However, Corrigan disagreed. He said that while he and Harte have had their differences in the past he felt that the criticism of the Errigal Ciaran man’s management was unwarranted, and made an unsolicited call to this paper to make his point.
“I have been involved in Tyrone club football for almost a decade, so I feel like I am in a position to comment. I strongly disagree that Mickey Harte should go. He needs to be there for another year.
“They have some very strong players in place, and if he can bring in some more, the likes of Darragh Canavan, Mark Bradley, and Lee Brennan then they will improve. There are quality forwards there that he can bring in.
“It is the wrong time to talk about Mickey moving on and looking for a new manager.”
Yet there were many critics of Harte’s management this year. There were those such as Joe Brolly who argued that he took a backwards step when he reverted back to a counter attacking style of play earlier this year.
Corrigan himself felt that it was an error to take Niall Sludden off during a crucial part of the semi-final match on Sunday.
“I think that he will look back and realise that taking Niall Sludden off was not a smart thing to do. Whether that would have been the winning of the game, I don’t know. I feel that Niall Sludden should have stayed on the pitch, and I think Mickey would accept that.”
Corrigan said that there are also those who feel that there are plenty of men in Tyrone who could replace Mickey but he doesn’t agree.
“Yes there are young managers like Feargal Logan, Brian Dooher and Peter Canavan, I don’t think they will mind me calling them young managers.”
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