It may well prove to be the case that Harte transforms Louth into a team capable of challenging, but it won’t be an easy task.
As it turned out, he was the perfect fit for a squad in search of some organisation and order. In his first year, Cork won the Munster title and reached the All-Ireland final, losing to Kilkenny; the following year, they won the All-Ireland.
“As far as I was concerned, my county days were over because of my back. Everybody seemed to expect it; I suppose I was seen as a natural successor but it was still a nice surprise to be asked.”