Friday 22 September 2017

Waterford boss Derek McGrath emphatically distances himself from Dublin job

Waterford manager Derek McGrath. Photo: Cody Glenn/Sportsfile
Waterford manager Derek McGrath. Photo: Cody Glenn/Sportsfile

Waterford boss Derek McGrath has categorically ruled himself out of the race for the vacant manager's job with Dublin.

The Deise take on Cork on Sunday week in the All Ireland hurling semi-final but speaking on WLR FM yesterday, McGrath made it abundantly clear that he has no intention of filling the void left by former Dubs boss Ger Cunningham.

Cunningham confirmed his departure last week following another poor season that culminated in a thrashing against Galway.

"I can assure you now the only thing I’ll be in Dublin for next year is I’ll be on the TY trip with De La Salle College to Dundrum at Christmas to go ice-skating and if I’m going to Liffey Valley with my wife which she goes to on the odd Saturday and that’s the only reason I’ll be in Dublin next year, or the zoo, which I absolutely love," said McGrath on WLR FM.

"I think what can happen is the tightness of our group can allow other people to engage in rumour-mongering.

"I don’t know why that could irritate people, when a group can be as tight as we are, when a group can make as many mistakes as we have and we acknowledge that.

"I think people will go down the easy route, which is (to) scaremonger by putting out an absolute vicious rumour."

Meanwhile, it looks increasingly likely that influential Waterford sweeper Tadhg de Burca will miss their All-Ireland semi-final clash with Cork on August 13.

The Central Hearing's Committee (CHC) ruled last night that the red card he was issued with for an off the ball incident with Wexford's Harry Kehoe in the quarter-final was warranted and the one-match ban holds.

De Burca was found to be in breach of a category III (iv) infraction, specifically ‘behaving in any way which is dangerous to an opponent, including deliberately pulling on or taking hold of a faceguard or any part of an opponent’s helmet (in hurling)’, which resulted in a one-match suspension.

Th CHC upheld the proposed suspension from the Central Competitions Control Committee (CCCC) last night.

Waterford are expected to appeal the decision to the Central Appeals Committee (CAC) and if unsuccessful there, will exhaust the appeals process by having the case heard by the Disputes Resolution Authority (DRA).

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