Saturday 16 December 2017

Derek McGrath reveals details of Kevin Moran's post-game speech and talks about his future

Kevin Moran of Waterford and his manager Derek McGrath dejected after the GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final match between Galway and Waterford at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Kevin Moran of Waterford and his manager Derek McGrath dejected after the GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final match between Galway and Waterford at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Waterford manager Derek McGrath has described losing yesterday's All-Ireland hurling final as devastation and will take the next six weeks out to decide his future.

The Déise boss watched his side fall just short of ending the county's 58-year wait to bring Liam MacCarthy to the southeast.

McGrath has taken time out of his job as a secondary teacher at the renowned hurling nursery at De La Salle to focus his mind on delivering silverware in September.

His role with Waterford limits the time he can spend with wife Sarah and sons Finn and Odhran and in recent interviews, he has spoken about how things would change when he ended his time in inter-county management.

"I was in such a mode of focus and absolute obsession with the year that I took a year off school essentially to focus on it," he told Eamon Keane on Deise Today on WLR earlier.

"Dan (Shanahan) and Eoin (Murphy) and all the backroom team have put a huge amount of work in.

"We're just going to focus on the now for now and see what comes in the next six weeks

"We'll sit down with the board and sit down with the players. We're contemplative, we're in a situation where there is a lot at stake in terms of our own family situations.

"That's not casting doubt, it's just living in a realistic world where priorities have to be considered as well. That's being completely straight and candid about it."

In the immediate aftermath of yesterday's heartbreaking loss, McGrath revealed how his skipper Kevin Moran offered the words of solace that no one else was able to muster.

"Our captain spoke brilliantly in the dressing room after the match. He spoke about living, he spoke brilliantly about living in the moment and this is what we've lived for and this is what we've dreamed of since we were 11 or 12," he added.

"He provided perspective that none of us were able to provide

"He spoke about being proud to lead the team and being part of the team. He's a class act."

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