Paraic Fanning set to take reins at Waterford
Paraic Fanning looks set to take over as the new Waterford hurling manager.
After weeks of speculation over whether it would be the Waterford native or Cuala's back-to-back All-Ireland-winning manager Mattie Kenny, Fanning is now the most likely name to be put forward.
Travel and work commitments have made it difficult for Kenny to follow in Derek McGrath's footsteps.
Fanning has already cut his ties with Davy Fitzgerald's management team in Wexford in recent weeks.
He has worked with Fitzgerald in the Model County for the last two years having previously been involved with him in Waterford.
Fanning has also had an involvement with Laois when Seamus 'Cheddar' Plunkett was at the helm.
McGrath stepped down after five years in charge in June following their Munster Championship exit.
Pat Ryan, the former Cork coach, was an early front-runner and looked set to be nominated until an 11th-hour change of heart.
Fanning is likely to have a number of former-Waterford players involved in his backroom team.