Pat Spillane suggested last night that Mickey Harte’s time might be up as Tyrone boss.
Speaking on The Sunday Game after Tyrone’s 0-13 to 0-10 points defeat to Armagh the Kerry pundit felt it might be time for a change of leadership.
The Red Hand county are out of the Championship in July and will be bitterly disappointed with a loss at home to their Ulster rivals.
The scoreline if anything flattered them as without an excellent performance by goalkeeper Niall Morgan they would have lost by more.
“Every great manager has his day,” said Spillane. “It happened in Kerry. Mick O’Dwyer delivered eight All-Irelands up to ‘86 and then had a few barren years.”
He felt Harte was now in a similar position in Tyrone.
“This is his sixth fairly barren year, particularly in Championship football,” he said, and added that he felt of Tyrone, “I think they are a team that need a fresh voice, a fresh face and probably fresh ideas and fresh leadership.”
Dublin’s Ciaran Whelan was the second football pundit in the studio and was reluctant to agree with Spillane.
“On a night of raw emotion I don’t think you should evaluate the manager”.
“Every inter-county manager has his lifespan,” he added, “That’s for the people of Tyrone to decide.”
However when speaking to Sky Sports GAA Harte was adamant he would not be stepping down.
“There is another year under my current contract, and I intend to honour that,” he said.
He was firmly focused on the future and speaking of his senior players said that he would give them time to reflect before committing again.
“In due course, everybody will look at their position and see if they have the heart, desire and will to give it another go.”
“That’ll be something that’ll have to happen, in the weeks and months to come, and we’ll see where that takes us by next January.”