Thursday 24 May 2018

Déise players give their full backing to Derek McGrath as he considers Déise future


Pauric Mahony of Waterford and his manager Derek McGrath dejected after the All Ireland final
Pauric Mahony of Waterford and his manager Derek McGrath dejected after the All Ireland final
Waterford manager Derek McGrath. Photo: Sportsfile
Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

Waterford manager Derek McGrath will take at least a month to consider his future amidst a groundswell of support for him and his management team to lead the Déise into 2018.

Earlier in the season, McGrath was thought to be ready to bring his four-year stint as Waterford manager to an end, regardless of how this season ended.

However, it's understood the panel of players and Waterford's top brass have made it clear that they want him to continue in the role for at least another season.

McGrath took a break from his job as a teacher earlier this year to concentrate completely on the role.

Speaking from the team's Dublin hotel yesterday, he insisted he will take his time before coming to a decision on his future.

"I was keen just to take the chance for a month or so to think about it and where we are and where it is going and my own commitments to school and family," he said.

He admitted a number of people approached him at the team's post-match banquet with a view to persuading him to stay on for at least a fifth season.

"We were anxious not to have a debate but there was a lot of goodwill there towards ourselves the management and the players in terms of the future if you like.

"But we were so keen to avoid conversations on it both with yourselves and with family and friends but there was elements of that certainly."

He also added that while he was disappointed to lose out on Sunday, he was proud that his side at least went down swinging.

"There was a lot of goodwill in the room last night at the banquet. Not that it's no different to yesterday but the disappointment was helped by the amount of goodwill. There was a sense we died with our boots on."

Irish Independent

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