Brian Dooher has won All-Irelands on the field and on the sideline.

Three Sam Maguire Cups, two of them as Tyrone captain, and an All-Ireland Under-21 title as a mentor have elevated him to legendary status.

Now he has taken on one of the most challenging jobs in football as manager of the Red Hand senior side, a role he will share with Feargal Logan for the next three years.

Logan was manager of that talented U21 side that conquered all in 2015, with Dooher by his side, and several members of that team are now established senior players.

The pair will be reunited with Cathal McShane, Padraig Hampsey, Rory Brennan, Frank Burns, Kieran McGeary, Michael Cassidy, Mark Bradley and Conor Meyler when they hold their first squad meeting in the days ahead.

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"We were lucky we had good times with the U21s, and that group of boys form the core of the current team," said Dooher.

"We're looking forward to working with them again, and see where that takes us.

"Our main aim is to try to create an environment where those boys can give of their best for Tyrone football."

Logan and Dooher hosted a press briefing at Garvaghey on Thursday evening, less than 24 hours after being ratified as the men to succeed Mickey Harte, who has departed after 18 years at the helm, during which he guided the county to three All-Ireland titles.

Logan paid tribute to the contribution of the man who led Tyrone to its first Sam Maguire Cup triumph in 2003.

"Mickey has been a brilliant servant of Tyrone football, and he was steadfast at his post," he said.

"And I hope that Brian and myself can be as steadfast in manning the position now. Tyrone football is up there, we all know that.

"Every man that came into his backroom team, every supporter that pushed this thing up the hill to the summit, we have the highest of respect for everyone who put their shoulder to the wheels.

Brian Dooher, right, and Feargal Logan

"What we know and are comforted by is that the clubs are at work, they’re coaching young lads, we have people working on the ground every day, so that’s the privileged position that we’re in, that we get them almost as a finished product.

"But it also brings with it a responsibility, and we don’t underestimate that responsibility.

"But every player, every supporter involved with Mickey over a long number of years, and every club person, who has put their shoulder to this Tyrone wheel, all we are asking is that everybody puts their shoulder to it again.

"That helps push us on and we all get where we want to be."

Meanwhile, Dooher made it clear that he is certain that there is untapped talent in the county, and opportunities will be extended to any player who has the potential to make it at the top level.

"I can definitely say that the door is open to everybody. It’s an open door policy that we have here.

"I think this year’s Tyrone Championship was a revelation. Everybody stood up and watched Tyrone football, so I’m sure there’s players out there, and hopefully we’ll be in a position to give those players an opportunity to wear a Tyrone jersey in upcoming years."

Logan spoke of his desire to recreate the co-operative that was his management team with the U21s five years ago, and has added Joe McMahon, Collie Holmes and returning S&C coach Peter Donnelly to the set-up.

"When you play together, you rise and fall together, so when you manage together, why wouldn’t you rise and fall together.

"Ultimately, even around clubs at the minute, is a collective. In Stewartstown Harps, we put in a wee collective bunch last year to try and go at it together.

"I ended up getting a text one day to tell me I was the banisteoir.

"Once you’re in the group, it goes from top to bottom, and there’s limited if any hierarchy, so I don’t see it as any issue once we get going.

"It’s exciting for us. Hopefully it brings excitement in our clubs and a wee bit of pride.

"But really, as we all know, you really just want to get on the pitch and get at it, but we might want to study a few regulations before all that kicks in, but we hope to move on quickly and soon."


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