McGrath return still on cards but Queally favourite


PETER Queally is the clear front-runner to become the next Waterford senior hurling manager but, as reported in last week’s Waterford Today, former boss Derek McGrath is also in the running.

And McGrath is not ruling out the possibility of a return to the hot seat. In an interview he explained his mixed thoughts.

“There’s 85 per cent of me saying ‘No, it’s too early to go back’. And then there’s 15 per cent of me saying, ‘Jesus, I might have a look at that.”

Queally was a selector under Davy Fitzgerald during his Déise reign from 2008-2010 before leading Passage to a Waterford SHC success in 2013 and guiding Abbeyside to last year’s county final.

I’ve a muddled mind really on it

He was tipped for the senior job in 2013 before losing out to McGrath and he is now hotly-fancied to take charge with Dan Shanahan expected to be part of his backroom team.
Colm Bonnar is another name being mentioned as the man to follow Páraic Fanning, who resigned last month.

But it is the possibility of a McGrath return that has aroused the most interest.
In an interview with RTE the former manager said: “I went on holiday on the Monday morning two weeks ago … and when I was out there on the Thursday or Friday I got a text to say Páraic had stepped down.

“So your head is racing then, your mind is racing, kind of. I have to be ambiguous enough about it in that that’s where I’m at, I’ve a muddled mind really on it.”

McGrath also suggested that he might, at some point, consider managing another county.
But he sees himself returning to the Waterford management job at some stage.

“Definitely at some point, without a doubt. Ah yeah, without a doubt. I like it, you know what I mean. Even though at the end of it I was tired, still you’d miss it.”


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