Monday 19 August 2019

Carry on McGrath - it's best for those with a Déise dream

Waterford manager Derek McGrath. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Waterford manager Derek McGrath. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Martin Breheny

Martin Breheny

It was a long time coming but confirmation that Derek McGrath is to remain on as Waterford manager should come as welcome news to every hurling supporter in the county.

The last thing Waterford need now is a change of manager, having advanced ever closer to the All-Ireland target this year.

McGrath's critics continue to query whether the style of play is stunting the squad's growth, which is rather bizarre.

Waterford won the Allianz League in 2015, lost the replayed final last year before exiting the All-Ireland race in a replayed semi-final against Kilkenny.

They reached only their second All-Ireland final since 1959 this year and finished one score behind Galway in a game where they had chances to do more damage.

It's the sort of progress that augurs well for Waterford's future, where it's a matter of adapting and adjusting rather than abandoning.

McGrath is best-placed to oversee that crucial phase of the squad's development.

Yes, some changes will be necessary but that's the case in every county.

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Waterford's graph has moved steadily upwards under McGrath and there's no reason to believe it won't continue.

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