Tuesday 17 September 2019

'It won't be as prominent as was speculated' - Derek McGrath says Laois minor role will be 'ancillary'

Derek McGrath will be involved with the Laois minors in 2020. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Derek McGrath will be involved with the Laois minors in 2020. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Michael Verney

Michael Verney

Derek McGrath has confirmed his involvement with the Laois minor hurlers for 2020, but it won't be the same level of commitment which had initially been suggested.

The former Waterford hurling boss was rumoured to be in the mix for a host of senior roles – Cork, Galway, Offaly and his native Waterford – and there was much surprise when word of his move to the O'Moore minors surfaced.

McGrath has outlined the specifics of the role in question and revealed that it will be a far more hands-off coaching position than had been first reported.

"I will be involved in some capacity," McGrath admitted, "but it'll very much be in an ancillary role," the 43-year-old told OTB AM.

"I'm going to do a night course in executive coaching and positive psychology, so as part of that, there'll be a placement opportunity involved.

"I was approached by a friend of mine who is involved with Laois and I'll be involved in some sort of coaching capacity there in the new year, but it certainly won't be as prominent as was speculated.

"It's very much going to be in a supporting role to the already appointed manager and coaching team. It's a means to accelerating my own process and get better at what I didn't do well when I was involved with Waterford."

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