Feargal Logan and Brian Dooher confirmed as new Tyrone management team
THE post-Mickey Harte era is officially under after Feargal Logan and Brian Dooher were last night confirmed as the new joint Tyrone management team.
Former Red Hand midfielder Logan had been the clear favourite for the job ever since Harte called time on his 18 year tenure earlier this month, and his appointment alongside three-time All-Ireland winner Dooher - for a three year period - was ratified last night.
Logan and Dooher have a strong connection to the current group of Tyrone players having, alongside Peter Canavan, led the county’s U21s to the 2015 All-Ireland U21 title.
From that team Kieran McGeary, Padraig Hampsey, Mark Bradley, Lee Brennan, Conor Meyler, Cathal McShane, Rory Brennan, Michael Cassidy and Frank Burns have all made the step up to senior level.
There has been no confirmation thus far of who will be in Logan and Dooher’s backroom team, although there was strong speculation yesterday that Collie Holmes – who recently helped Dungannon to a first county title in 64 years – and All-Ireland winner Joe McMahon could be in the frame.
Strength and conditioning coach Peter Donnelly, who left Tyrone last year and subsequently took up a role with Monaghan, has also been linked with a return to the Red Hand fold.
Logan and Dooher were the last men standing in the appointment process after another former Tyrone U21 boss, Mickey Donnelly, opted to withdraw from the race.
The Aghaloo man, who is now over Ardboe having recently left his post as Derry minor manager, had been due to interview for the Tyrone job last night but ultimately decided against it.
“I wouldn’t stand against him [Logan],” he said yesterday afternoon.
“You weigh everything up but as its got closer I’ve just considered ‘is the timing right for me personally?’ In terms of my club commitments, my commitments to school, my working life and my family life, I just felt it wasn’t - and Fergal deserves a dig at it.
“At the end of the day they won an All-Ireland U21 title in 2015, that’s probably why my name came up in the conversation because I’d worked with that team at minor.
“My experience is you get very emotionally invested in things and if I go for something, I go for it wholeheartedly. The bottom line is it’s a huge job, a life-changing job – there are very few jobs within the GAA that have the gravity of responsibility of the Tyrone senior job.”
MEANWHILE, Fermanagh boss Ryan McMenamin has confirmed that he will remain in charge of the Ernemen next year.
The Tyrone All-Ireland winner cast doubt on his future in the wake of Fermanagh’s Ulster Championship exit to Down earlier this month, despite having only taken over the reins from Rory Gallagher 12 months previous.
However, after a review with the county board and a meeting with the players, the Dromore man is “planning for 2021”.
“In the GAA you always have to look at things year on year,” he said.
“I had to speak to Greg [Kelly], the chairman, and we’re happy enough to move forward. We’ve met the players, we’ve drawn a line under 2020 and we’ve moved on.”