Monday 24 June 2019

Waterford may look beyond nominations for new hurling manager

Derek McGrath is the new Waterford hurling manager
Derek McGrath is the new Waterford hurling manager
Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

WATERFORD have confirmed that they may look outside the nominations made by the clubs for a successor to Michael Ryan as hurling manager.

Only two of the nominations for the post – Derek McGrath and Peter Queally – have left their names in the hat as the county look to put their management team in place ahead of the new season.

And while Deise chairman Tom Cunningham was reluctant to be drawn on the process, he confirmed that they might look elsewhere and that they would take their time in order to find the right man.

"We haven't set any date or deadline for it yet," he said. "We are not under any pressure and we want to get it right, so we are not going to rush it."

Waterford have set up a six-strong committee to secure a manager, comprising Cunningham, secretary Timmy O'Keeffe, treasurer Joe Cleary and vice-chairman John O'Leary, as well as former players James Murray and Stephen Frampton.

Queally served as U-21 manager this year as his side ran eventual All-Ireland champions Clare to just four points and also served as a selector under Davy Fitzgerald.

McGrath (pictured) enjoyed great success with the De La Salle school in the Harty and Croke Cups, while he also steered the Waterford club of the same name to championship success last year. The likes of DJ Carey and Ryan have already withdrawn from the race, while others like Martin Fogarty and Donal Og Cusack have also been linked with the post.

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