McGrath taking career break to focus on Waterford
Derek McGrath has become so consumed by his job as Waterford hurling manager that he has opted to extend parental leave from his secondary school teaching position until September.
The De La Salle-based English teacher outlined why he has taken the decision to give more time to his own family and to managing one of the top hurling teams in the country.
Speaking at a media event to promote the KN Group All-Ireland golf challenge in September, he felt hurling was beginning to affect his performance in the classroom.
"I actually found I was becoming poor in the classroom. I just found that I wasn't with it fully in the classroom. And for the lads' sake, I just found I wasn't teaching as well," he said.
"I love teaching. And I love the school I'm teaching in because I went there myself. Four of the six backs playing for Waterford went there too. So I've a good relationship with all the lads there.
"But a lot of the lads there would be looking for 600 points, and I'm in the middle of doing a game-plan up, when I should be going through whatever. I just found I wasn't committed to the teaching as I should have been.
"I know I could be vilified for that, or I could be in trouble for saying that. So, I just felt the best scenario for me at the moment is just to be concentrating on the hurling."
McGrath has also added his weight to Tony Kelly's recent expression of interest in a new championship format where the provincial championships, if necessary, would be sacrificed. He also confirmed that Maurice Shanahan will have a hearing tomorrow night to have his red card against Cork rescinded.