Mickey Harte: Tyrone boss awarded new three-year contract

Mickey Harte celebrates after the Ulster SFC semi-final win over Monaghan in June
Mickey Harte celebrates after the Ulster SFC semi-final win over Monaghan in June

Long-serving boss Mickey Harte has been reappointed to stay in charge of Tyrone until the end of the 2020 season.

Harte, gaelic football's longest-serving manager, was awarded the three-year extension by the Red Hands' County Committee on Tuesday night.

If Harte sees out the new contract, he will have been in charge of the Red Hands for 18 seasons.

Speculation had surrounded the treble All-Ireland winning manager's future since the semi-final defeat by Dublin.

Harte took over in late 2002 and led the county to its first All-Ireland title in his debut season, adding further Sam Maguire Cup triumphs in 2005 and 2008.

The last remaining link with the 2003 maiden success has been severed with the recent retirement of Sean Cavanagh, and only a handful of players with All-Ireland medals remain in the squad.

Harte is expected to attend several club championship matches over the next few weekends as he trawls for fresh talent that could make a difference in Tyrone's challenge for honours in 2017.

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