Just days after Mickey Harte’s shock appointment in Louth, it has been announced that a joint ticket of Feargal Logan and Brian Dooher will replace him in his native county. This corner had initially thought that Peter Canavan might have gone for the role, but, chances are, the lure of Rupert Murdoch’s cheque book was reason enough to dissuade him back onto an inter county sideline. Or, in more mundane probabability, he may not have been keen on taking the job on with his son Darragh involved.
Looking at it from an outside view, so to speak, the whole process seems to all have happened very quickly. Indicating that they never had any intention of offering Mickey Harte more time. Having said that, the chosen appointees, Feargal Logan and Brian Dooher, bring their own winning culture to the role.
I have a vague recollection of Feargal Logan playing centre field for Tyrone in 1990s partnering Plunkett Donaghy, while Dooher will hardly need much introduction to anybody.
Having initially become noteworthy as the man who tempted Colm O’Rourke to change his diet, the vet eventually made the man of many talents eat his words as well as his hat! Not only did he win an All Ireland, he went on to become the spiritual leader of a truly great team.
With that in mind, it should probably be no surprise that firstly Dooher went into management and secondly that he – along with Logan – has already engineered success therein. Very easily could one picture young lads willing to run through walls for the former skipper.
Of course, there are a group of players, including Frank Burns, pictured, who have already tasted success on the Logan/Dooher double ticket. That being the All Ireland U-21 FC of 2015.
Speaking of which, if ever there was a fitting, timely bit of form how’s this? In that Final, Tyrone beat none other than a Tipperary team backboned by some of those who made their own headlines not all that long ago. Gut feeling is Burns and his colleagues mightn’t be finished garnering silverware with the newly installed duo.