Paraic Fanning's steps down as...
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Paraic Fanning's steps down as Waterford manager

Raf Diallo
Raf Diallo

05:11 2 Aug 2019

Paraic Fanning has stepped down as Wateford senior hurling manager.

The 49-year-old leaves the role after less than a year in charge. His selectors James Murray and Pa Kearney have also stepped down with immediate effect.

He had succeeded Derek McGrath as manager last September. The year started off in promising fashion as Waterford reached the Allianz Hurling League final. However, they lost by eight points to Limerick in Croke Park.

But the All-Ireland championship proved to be a major disappointment for Waterford.

The Deise lost all four of their Munster Championship round-robin fixtures.

Ex-Clare manager Ger Loughnane had been critical of aspects of Fanning's approach.

"His tactical maneuvering hasn't inspired confidence, and his behaviour on the sideline this year doesn't inspire confidence," he said on Off The Ball's The Hurling Show.

Following that summer disappointment, Fanning has made the decision to step away:

Paraic Fanning's Statement

"In stepping down as manager I want to thank CLG Phort Láirge and in particular the officers of the board for the opportunity, support and encouragement I received during my term in charge. I particularly want thank the players for the sacrifices they made for Waterford throughout the season.

"While the Championship was very disappointing it does not reflect the time and effort put in by all concerned. Finally, I want to thank my backroom team for the selfless work and effort they put into the entire 2019 season. We are very grateful to our supporter’s club (Club Déise) for the commitment they gave to our preparations.

"Our main sponsors TQS were incredible to work with this year and I hope they can enjoy the fruits of their commitment in the future. This has not been an easy decision and there are many challenges ahead. In reflecting on
the disappointment of the Championship of 2019 and looking at 2020 I do not find myself in a position to undertake these challenges for personal reasons.

"I wish all involved every success and I look forward to supporting all our teams for many years to come. The process of appointing my replacement must now begin and I do hope the board can find a suitable successor who can implement the changes necessary to ensure Waterford are successful for many years to come."

Fanning's departure as Waterford manager follows John Meyler's decision this week to step down as Cork manager.

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