Harte gets two-year extension

Tyrone senior football manager Mickey Harte is set to remain in the role until 2012, following the confirmation of a two-year extension for the Errigal Ciaran clubman.

Tyrone senior football manager Mickey Harte is set to remain in the role until 2012, following the confirmation of a two-year extension for the Errigal Ciaran clubman.

Harte's current deal was due to run out following the 2010 Championship but his request for another two seasons at the helm was ratified by club delegates at a meeting of the Tyrone County Board in Carrickmore last night.

Tyrone PRO Damien Harvey said that the request was 'proposed and seconded, and there was no counter proposal' from the floor.

Harte is one of the most successful managers of the modern era, having guided Tyrone to three All-Ireland titles (2003, 2005 and 2008).

He has been in charge of the Red Hands' senior squad since late 2002 when he took over from joint-managers Eugene McKenna and Art McRory.

Meanwhile, the fall-out from last Friday's ill-tempered Tyrone Senior League Division One final between Carrickmore and Errigal Ciaran, which was marred by a mass brawl at the end of the match, has resulted in 15 suspensions.

The heaviest punishment recommended by the Tyrone Competitions Control Committee was a 48-week ban for Carrickmore supporter Damien McCallan, while Carrickmore manager Adrian Clarke and a member of his backroom staff have each received four-week suspensions.

The drawn final saw seven players sent-off in total and some heavy suspensions have followed. Errigal Ciaran's red-carded Ronan McCrory has been handed a 12-week ban, while his team-mates Adrian O'Donnell, Brian Mullin, Cahir Tierney and Enda McGinley have been suspended for four weeks and Emmett McGinley, the team's water carrier, eight.

Carrickmore's Peadar McMahon, who did not play in last Friday's game, got involved in the scuffles and has also been hit with a 12-week suspension.

Ciaran McAleer, Conor McAleer, Gabriel McCallan, Plunkett McCallan and Pearse Cunningham - all from Carrickmore - are also facing four-week bans, along with Plunkett Daly, his side's water carrier on the night.

The clubs, who are set to meet again in Saturday's final replay, have been given 72 hours to appeal the recommended suspensions.

This is the second time in the space of two weeks that Tyrone club football has made the headlines for all the wrong reasons.

Referee Sean Quinn was allegedly assaulted by a member of the crowd after the recent Tyrone County Championship final between Dromore and Ardboe. Tyrone disciplinary chiefs have launched an investigation into the incident.

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