Stephen O’Neill set to join Mickey Harte’s Tyrone Management Team
The news in Tyrone GAA circles in recent weeks has surrounded the situation regarding Gavin Devlin, after five years in the Tyrone Senior management back-room team, and Peter Donnelly’s future as Strength and Conditioning Coach and who else could be about to join Mickey Harte’s setup.
Various names have been mentioned but information today suggests that Tyrone GAA legend and 2005 all Ireland Footballer of the Year, Stephen O’Neill, is the latest addition to the management team.
Undoubtedly one of the most skillful players the game has seen, O’Neill dazzled in the Red Hand jersey for years and even recently impressed for Clann na nGael in the junior Championship in Tyrone, at 37 years of age. We will await final confirmation but certainly great to see such a top class name, who played Minor, U21 and Senior football for Tyrone all under manager, Mickey Harte, joining the Tyrone setup.
While the brilliant O’Neill played in the Tyrone Senior jersey from 19 years of age through to his retirement in 2014, his class in every single game for the O’Neill County in that all Ireland winning 2005 campaign was something special. Indeed few players ever in the game made such an impression in terms of relentless quality scores throughout an entire season than what O’Neill served up in that year.
O’Neill amassed an impressive 5 Ulster SFC, 2 NFL titles, 3 All Ireland SFC titles, 1 All Ireland MFC title, 2 All Ireland U21 FC titles, 3 All-star Awards and 1 Footballer of the Year award (2005) in his playing career with the county.
In 2018, if part of the Tyrone management setup, he will be hoping to be part of a historic Tyrone squad who will bid to win a first ever 3-in-a-row of Ulster SFC titles.
Here’s a glimpse of those “special scores”…