Saturday 16 December 2017

Tipp legend 'Babs' Keating calls on Derek McGrath to quit if Waterford lose today

Michael 'Babs' Keating wants Derek McGrath to resign if Waterford lose today
Michael 'Babs' Keating wants Derek McGrath to resign if Waterford lose today
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Former Tipperary All-Ireland winning hurler and manager Michael 'Babs' Keating has called on Waterford boss Derek McGrath to resign if his side fail to win today's All-Ireland hurling final.

The Déise are looking to bridge a 58-year gap to their last All-Ireland triumph when they take on Galway in Croke Park.

Writing in his column in today's Irish Sun on Sunday, Keating, a long-time critic of the sweeper system, called on McGrath to stand aside if his tactics fail to yield a historic victory today.

"Derek McGrath must walk away if Waterford lose today," he said.

"The Waterford system is nothing to be in love with and I've always said it can't win an All-Ireland.

"The Déise have got this far and are in the the final - and any team in a decider always has a chance.

"But that system breaks the traditional hurling rules and if it fails today, Derek should go and let another man get the best out of these talented players.

"Derek's managment style is all wrong.

I feel that he has used his players in a big way to shield his tactics and no manager should ever do that.

"If I was managing against his system with a top team at my disposal I'd be very confident of beating them.

"Michéal Donoghue should relish today."

He claimed that leaving Shane Bennett and Jake Dillon isolated in the full-forward line should be easy for Galway to counteract.

Keating also suggested that Waterford talisman Austin Gleeson is lucky to be lining out today.

"Austin Gleeson got off the hook and lines out today after taking the helmet of Luke Meade in the first half against Cork in the semi-final."

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