Sean Cavanagh sure of Mickey Harte

Tyrone captain Sean Cavanagh expects Mickey Harte to be in charge again next season, despite the continued uncertainty over his position.

Cavanagh’s own future remains unclear, but he has backed the three-time All-Ireland winning boss to remain at the helm in 2016.

Harte is due to meet with county executive officials to discuss his future and end a lengthy spell of speculation.

Tyrone reached the All-Ireland semi-final this season, having recovered from a shaky start to make a charge through the Qualifiers.

A four points defeat to Kerry officially brought Harte’s tenure to an end. For the first time since his appointment in late 2002, he did not have an agree extension to his term in place.

But Cavanagh said: “The players haven’t been expecting a change, and I suspect that will be the case. I can’t see a change.”

The former Footballer of the Year reckons there’s unfinished business to be attended to. Harte has built an exciting young squad, supplemented by recruits from the All-Ireland winning U21 team, and much is expected of a new-look Red Hand team which, had it been more clinical in front of goal in the semi-final, could have made it to the decider.

“The squad is growing, it’s building, there’s a project there, there’s a little bit of unfinished business to take care of next year.”

Asked whether he believes the players should be given a say in making the decision over their manager’s future, Cavanagh said he is willing to place his trust in the good counsel of the county executive.

“I suppose every county does it differently. I know within other counties, players are consulted, but you have to put faith in whoever is at the top of the county board.

“There are some very good people there and I have no doubt that whatever they do, it will be in the best interests of Tyrone.”

Harte has made it clear on several occasions since the defeat to Kerry that he wants to remain in the job.

Three days after the loss to the Kingdom, he held a meeting with the players, and he declared that he plans to attend club championship games over the next few weeks to scout for fresh talent.

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