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Davy Fitzgerald in the frame for shock inter-county return with Waterford

Second coming with Déise on cards for Clare native after stepping away from Cork camogie role

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Davy Fitzgerald: Speculation he may be returning to Waterford hot seat. Photo: Sportsfile

Davy Fitzgerald: Speculation he may be returning to Waterford hot seat. Photo: Sportsfile

Davy Fitzgerald: Speculation he may be returning to Waterford hot seat. Photo: Sportsfile

Speculation is mounting that there will be a second coming for Davy Fitzgerald as Waterford hurling boss with Déise officials closing in on naming Liam Cahill’s successor.

Former Waterford captain Stephen Molumphy had been mentioned as a possible replacement, but the Kerry boss is understood to have quickly ruled himself out of the equation having committed to the Kingdom for 2023 after a narrow Joe McDonagh Cup final defeat to Antrim.

Molumphy is expected to take the Waterford reins at some stage in the future, but he will first cut his teeth at inter-county management having been a selector with Wexford and the Déise and it looks like the door might be open for Fitzgerald to return to a job which he departed in 2011 having won a Munster title.

Fitzgerald also led them to the 2008 All-Ireland final having taken over mid-season from Justin McCarthy and he quickly made it clear in the wake of Cork’s All-Ireland camogie final defeat to Kilkenny last Sunday that he was departing his role as coach with the Rebels and a return to inter-county management is on the cards.

The 51-year-old has enjoyed stints with Waterford, Clare and Wexford and while the 2013 All-Ireland-winning Banner boss had been linked with the vacant Dublin post, it looks like he will instead be trying to lift Waterford spirits after a dismal summer when expectations were high.

Derek McGrath, another former Waterford supremo, has also been linked to the Waterford job while Joe Fortune is believed to be staying with the Westmeath hurlers for 2023, which rules him out of taking the hot-seat in the capital.

Fortune was in attendance at a Westmeath SHC game on Monday night and the former Dublin U-21 boss looks set to remain with the Lake side next season after a promising season where their Leinster SHC status was retained.

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