Derek McGrath to stay in charge of Waterford hurlers for a fifth season

The manager’s future had been uncertain in the wake of the heartbreaking All-Ireland final loss to Galway.

Derek McGrath (file pic).
Derek McGrath (file pic).
Image: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

DEREK MCGRATH AND his management team have committed to the 2018 season with Waterford.

The decision was unanimously ratified at a meeting of the Waterford executive committee last night.

McGrath helped guide his side to this year’s All-Ireland senior hurling final, where they were beaten 0-26 to 2-17 by Galway ultimately.

The manager’s future had been uncertain in the wake of the heartbreaking loss, but he has ultimately opted to stick around for another year at least.

After a Munster semi-final exit in June against Cork, McGrath steered Waterford to the county’s first All-Ireland decider since 2008 with victories over Offaly, Kilkenny, Wexford and Cork.

McGrath also guided Waterford to a hurling league title in 2015, in addition to helping them reach back-to-back Munster finals in 2015 and 2016.

Prior to those achievements, he had enjoyed success with De La Salle, overseeing their Waterford senior hurling championship success in 2012.

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