Monday 23 April 2018

'Derek McGrath and Dan Shanahan ooze charisma and class in everything they do'

Waterford manager Derek McGrath, left, and selector Dan Shanahan dejected after the final
Waterford manager Derek McGrath, left, and selector Dan Shanahan dejected after the final

Derek McGrath will take some time out to reflect on his Waterford future following Sunday's All Ireland defeat to Galway but if he does decide to call it a day, he will be sorely missed.

McGrath was visibly heartbroken following yesterday's Croke Park showdown but he and his backroom team still showed dignity in defeat.

Their humble actions after the All Ireland final didn't go unnoticed to Galway man Johnny Ward, in as host for this week's the Throw In Podcast, who admitted he was impressed with the way they carried themselves.

The Irish Independent's Colm Keys was in full agreement, saying: "I would say that Dan Shanahan and Derek McGrath ooze that charisma and class in everything they do and that is in their engagement with just about everybody.

"Their engagement with the public, the media, everybody. They are a class act and if they are to go they will be sorely missed, how they engage, how Derek brings you into his world.

"It’s so thorough and expressive. In the media we don’t get that very often. In season, you will never get the X-Ray vision that Derek McGrath provides.

"I am not surprised that they were very magnanimous yesterday and they accepted that Galway were, slightly, the better team."

Colm was joined on the Throw In by John Mullane, Anthony Cunningham, Anna Geary and Rory O'Connor from Rory's Story's.

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