Thursday 19 September 2019

McGrath rules out return to Déise post

De La Salle clubman McGrath. Photo: INPHO/Laszlo Geczo
De La Salle clubman McGrath. Photo: INPHO/Laszlo Geczo
Michael Verney

Michael Verney

There will be no immediate return to the Waterford hurling helm for Derek McGrath after the former Déise boss officially removed his name from the conversation to replace Páraic Fanning.

McGrath guided Waterford to the All-Ireland final in 2017 before walking away last summer after five years in charge, with Fanning taking the reins for one season before resigning earlier this month.

De La Salle clubman McGrath had hinted that he may apply for a second term but has since closed the door on a dramatic comeback, although he is keen for another stint in charge in the coming years.

Former Waterford defender Peter Queally - a selector under Davy Fitzgerald during his Déise reign and previously U-21 boss - is the front-runner to fill the vacancy having been beaten to the position by McGrath six years ago.

A five-man committee, including former players Stephen Frampton and Tom Feeney, has been tasked with finding Fanning's successor, with August 30 the deadline set for club nominations for the post.

Having landed the 2016 All-Ireland U-21 title in sensational style, the Déise have tailed off in recent seasons and the next appointment will be crucial to arrest that slide.

Nemeton TV chief executive Irial Mac Murchú, county board secretary Pat Flynn and vice-chairman Sean Michael O'Regan are the other members of the selection committee, with chairman Paddy Joe Ryan not involved as his five-year term comes to an end later this year.

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