Breaking: Mickey Harte steps down as Derry senior football manager

Mickey Harte has stepped down as Derry manager after just one season in charge
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Mickey Harte has stepped down as Derry senior football manager after just one season in charge.

The former Tyrone boss was the surprise choice to succeed Ciaran Meenagh last September having guided Derry’s arch rivals to three All-Ireland titles in the noughties.

Harte, who had spent three seasons with Louth, was also appointed on a three-year term and his tenure got off to a perfect start.

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Derry retained the Dr McKenna Cup in January before securing the Division One title with a penalty shootout win over reigning All-Ireland champions Dublin in Croke Park.

However, the Oak Leafers endured a stunning fall from grace in the Championship - losing out to Donegal in the Ulster Championship before suffering further defeats to Galway and Armagh in the All-Ireland series.

Derry recovered to seal a quarter-final berth with wins over Westmeath and Mayo, after a penalty shootout, but their season was ended following a five-point defeat by Kerry last month.

In a statement issued by Derry GAA, Harte paid tribute to the Derry players and his management team, including long-time assistant Gavin Devlin.

“I have decided to step down as manager of the Derry Senior Football team," said Harte.

"I would like to thank the players for the huge commitment they gave to the Derry jersey during the 2024 season.

"I would also like to thank Gavin and the entire backroom team for their hard work, dedication and expertise.

"Thanks too for the support of the County Board and all those generous sponsors of the GAA in Derry. Finally, I wish the players every success in the years ahead.”

John Keenan, Derry GAA chairperson, added: "We sincerely thank Mickey, Gavin and their entire backroom team for their hard work and dedication throughout the 2024 season. We wish them the very best in their future endeavours."

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