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Derek McGrath rules out return to Waterford job

Ann-Marie Donelan
Ann-Marie Donelan

05:14 22 Aug 2019


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Former Waterford Senior Hurling boss Derek McGrath has ruled himself out of the race to succeed Paraic Fanning.

The De La Salle clubman told Off the Ball last week that he was considering a return to the role.

"I got a text while I was away to say that Paraic has stepped down," he began.

"There's part of me thinking it's too soon.

"There's part of me thinking there's good people in Waterford who would like a stab at [the job]. So that's where I'm at.

"I haven't thought about it but I'm beginning to think about it, if you like.

"I'm in between I suppose."

McGrath managed the Deise for four seasons, a period which included an All-Ireland final appearance and winning their first National League title in 12 years.

McGrath stepped away in 2018 as Waterford failed to progress from the new Munster round-robin system after failing to win a match.

Fanning then took over and resigned last month citing ‘personal reasons’ after a year that saw Waterford fail to progress from Munster again.

 

McGrath is to confirm in his Irish Examiner column that he will not be applying for the role though he admitted he ‘had momentarily thought about the position.’

The Waterford County Board has appointed a five-man committee to source a replacement for Fanning with a deadline of August 30th set for club nominations.

McGrath says: “I have been really impressed with the makeup of the committee put in place to pick a new Waterford manager.

“All five members bring a huge level of experience and expertise to the role.

“Having momentarily thought about the position I have decided against putting my name forward. I wish the prospective candidates well.”

Former Waterford hurlers Stephen Frampton and Tom Feeney will be part of that five-man selection committee to find the next senior manager.

Founder and Chief Executive of Nemeton TV Irial Mac Murchu, county secretary Pat Flynn and vice-chairman Sean Michael O'Regan will also sit on the panel.

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