Derek McGrath has stepped down as Waterford hurling manager following their elimination from this year’s All-Ireland Championship.
The Déise failed to come through the new round-robin Munster Senior Hurling Championship format, losing three and drawing one of the clashes against their provincial rivals.
In a statement released by the Waterford county board on Monday night, McGrath confirmed that had stepped down from the role after five years in charge:
“Tonight I have informed the Waterford County Board of my decision to step aside as manager of the Waterford Senior Hurling team. The relinquishing of my position comes after five thoroughly enjoyable years working with the most committed, dedicated, honest and genuine players to represent our county.
“This team will be forever ingrained in my heart. Returning to family and school life, I hope to learn from the values and principles that you stand for. I look forward to applying these learnings into the future in differing capacities.
“GAN STAONADH LE CHEILE. GACH RUD. GACH LÁ.”
The full statement can be read via the embedded Facebook post link below:
McGrath was appointed Waterford hurling manager in October 2013. Under his tenure, the senior side tasted victory in the 2015 National Hurling League, and came close to winning the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship last year before falling to Galway in the final at Croke Park.
His resignation comes just over 24 hours after his side lost to Cork to finish off their Munster campaign, one week after their elimination was confirmed.