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Queally and McGrath to vie for vacant Waterford hurling manager position

There are two nominations to succeed Michael Ryan as the Deise boss.

Waterford U21 hurling manager Peter Queally.
Waterford U21 hurling manager Peter Queally.
Image: INPHO/James Crombie

PETER QUEALLY AND Derek McGrath have been nominated to be the next Waterford senior hurling manager.

The pair are set to contest to fill the vacancy after Monday night was the close for nominations from Deise club for the position.

The six-man management selection commitee, which features former hurlers Stephen Frampton and James Murray, met last night to consider the nominations.

Kilkenny great DJ Carey had distanced himself from reports linking him with the job while Paraic Fanning, a selector with Davy Fitzgerald in Waterford in 2010 and 2011, withdrew his candidacy.

That leaves Queally, who was nominated by Ballyduff Upper, and Derek McGrath, who was nominated by De La Salle, in the running to succeed Michael Ryan, whose two-year tenure ended last month.

Queally was in charge of the Waterford U21 side this year who lost out to eventual All-Ireland champions Clare in the Bord Gáis Energy Munster semi-final in July.

He previously served as selector with Davy Fitzgerald when Waterford reached the 2008 All-Ireland senior hurling final against Kilkenny while he managed Cork club outfit Youghal to the 2011 county premier intermediate hurling final.

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Derek McGrath is lifted up by De La Salle players after last year’s county final win
Pic: INPHO/James Crombie

McGrath has impressive coaching credentials having been manager of the De La Salle schools team that won both the Harty Cup and Croke Cup in 2007 and 2008.

Last year he guided the De La Salle club team to the Waterford senior club title before they fell short in the Munster decider to Thurles Sarsfields last November.

The process to select a manager will now intensify with the Waterford senior hurling championship reaching it’s concluding stages.

The semi-final ties next Sunday sees Mount Sion take on Passage while Ballygunner meet Abbeyside. The final is fixed for October 13th.

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