In a sensational development, Mickey Harte is expected to be named as the new Derry senior football manager after stepping down as Louth boss.
Harte held a meeting with the Louth players in Darver last evening, after which Louth GAA released a statement confirming that the three-time All-Ireland winning manager with Tyrone had left his position. The statement added that Harte had informed the players that was taking over back-to-back Ulster champions Derry.
“Following a meeting of the Louth GAA management committee tonight (Monday 18th September), chairperson Peter Fitzpatrick informed members of the committee that senior team manager Micky Harte informed him that he and senior team coach Gavin Devlin will be standing down from their role’s with Louth GAA with immediate effect, and taking over with Derry senior footballers,” the statement read.
“Louth GAA management committee would like to sincerely thank Mickey, Gavin and his backroom team for their efforts in propelling Louth senior footballers into Division Two football from Division Four in 2020. They have shown professionalism, enthusiasm, dedication and continued courtesy over the last three years and we have enjoyed a positive working relationship with Mickey and his management team which concluded in the group stages of the All-Ireland following a first Leinster final appearance since 2010.
“Louth GAA would like to wish Mickey, Gavin and his management team all the best in their future endeavours. We will now immediately begin the process in seeking a new senior football team manager.”
Harte made a huge impact during his three seasons in charge of the Wee County, guiding them from Division 4 to Division 2 of the Allianz League and also reaching this year's Leinster SFC final which they lost heavily to Dublin. But his shock switch to Derry means he could find himself plotting the downfall of his beloved Tyrone in next year's Ulster SFC.
BREAKING: Micky Harte and Gavin Devlin will be standing down from their role's with Louth GAA with immediate effect, and taking over with Derry Senior Footballers.— Louth GAA (@louthgaa) September 18, 2023
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