Tyrone GAA supporters are eagerly awaiting latest developments on the senior football managerial role after a county committee meeting on Tuesday evening.

Uncertainty surrounds the position with no official communication forthcoming since the meeting took place.

It remains to be seen if current senior boss Mickey Harte, the longest serving manager in inter-county football, will look to continue in the post he has commanded since 2003.

Reports suggest that a request for a one-year extension will not be forthcoming and it is also understood that if no continuity is granted the county board will accept nominations from clubs ahead of next month's annual convention for the position of Tyrone manager.

It is also understood that a member of the current managerial set-up departed the Tyrone players WhatsApp group last night, adding to the uncertainty around the position.

Tyrone players and clubs are also awaiting some communication from the county board outlining their plans. 

Behind the scenes there has been much activity in the past number of days with four management positions due for consideration.

Mickey Harte lifts Sam Maguire in 2003

These include senior, U20 and minor football posts, along with the senior hurling position, which were all renewed for three-year terms in late 2017, and expire at the end of this season.

But the senior football role will command all the attention with one of the most successful managers in the history of the game currently assessing his future.

Having come to the end of a three-year term following his reappointment in 2017, Harte had little to say about his future following their early championship exit to Donegal recently. "I haven't considered anything about that just right now," he said.

This week's meeting of county board management and consultation with various parties has left supporters in the county awaiting the next developments.

Harte has been in charge of the Tyrone team since their maiden All-Ireland win in 2003. 

In that time, he has led his teams to six Ulster Senior Championship titles and three All-Irelands. This followed a successful tenure with Tyrone underage teams.

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The last All-Ireland victory came 12 years ago, however, while their most recent All-Ireland final appearance at Croke Park ended with a defeat to Dublin in 2018.

With ultra-talented forwards like Mattie Donnelly, Cathal McShane, Conor McKenna and Darragh Canavan, Darren McCurry and Mark Bradley all available for selection in 2021 there is a desire among some in the county to see what a new manager with a different approach could achieve.

Yet, there are also staunch backers of Harte who feel he is the man to take them forward once again.

For much of the last 10 years, Harte didn’t always have such quality in attack to call upon and instead developed a team proficient in counter-attacking with strike runners capable of scoring all over the pitch.

His repositioning of Mattie Donnelly and Cathal McShane gave the team an added cut over the past two seasons but Harte was devoid of Cathal McShane (injury) for this year’s Championship and his loss was keenly felt against Donegal.

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