Tyrone GAA officials delay decision over Mickey Harte's future

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Mickey Harte's Tyrone lost by four points to Kerry at Croke Park

Tyrone officials are to hold talks with county football boss Mickey Harte over his future after discussing the issue at a county committee meeting.

The manager has indicated that he is keen to be given a new term but while the issue did come up at Tuesday night's meeting, no decision was taken.

Harte's latest term expired after the recent All-Ireland Football semi-final defeat by Kerry.

The three-times All-Ireland winning boss has been in charge since 2002.

This is the first time since his appointment that Harte does not have an agreed extension to his term in place.

Three days after the loss to the Kingdom, he held a meeting with the players at which he outlined his plans for next season.

And he has revealed that he will scout for fresh talent at club championship games over the next two weekends.

It is understood that the All-Ireland winning U21 management team of Feargal Logan, Brian Dooher and Peter Canavan are ready to commit to another season, but they too will meet the county board before any decision is made.

However, Tyrone are on the look-out for a new minor football manager, after Mickey Donnelly revealed that he is stepping down after five years in charge.

He guided the young Red Hands to an Ulster title and to an All-Ireland final appearance during his tenure, along with assistant Kieran McHugh.

"The executive committee are going to meet with all the management teams before the end of the month, with the exception of the minor management," said county PRO Eunan Lindsay..

Earlier this summer, there was some speculation over Harte's future in the role but his team's run to this year's All-Ireland semi-finals was thought to have ended any doubts about his position.

It's unclear whether Tyrone hurling manager Mattie Lennon is willing to commit to a third year in the post.

The Armagh native has guided Tyrone to successive promotions and a first ever Nicky Rackard Cup title during his two years in charge.

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