McGrath says Waterford players need to step up and take responsibilty

Former all-star centre back and Waterford hurler Ken McGrath has said that the Waterford players must come together as group next year under their new manager. Speaking to RTE Sport the current Sunday Game pundit said that players should take some of the blame for the team’s performances.

He noted that everyone was getting the blame bar the players when speaking on RTE Radio with Pauric Lodge. He said  “Everyone seems to be getting the blame bar the players,” he said. “If you’re a proper hurler you have to look in the mirror and hold yourself accountable. You’re getting four games and that’s four tries. We haven’t won in eight (championship) games and everyone is pointing the finger at everyone in my opinion, bar the lads that are beyond the white line.

McGrath said the new boss will have to get players who are dedicated to Waterford and Waterford hurling. “I think that’s what the manager will have to do next year. He’ll have to get players that are loyal and dedicated to the set-up. You have to start with a blank canvas and go from 1-30 on a panel and your backroom team and pick who you want.”

He stated that Waterford hurling is not in a good place at the moment as they haven’t competed. McGrath said that the team and everyone in the setup have to come together to get Waterford hurling back to where it was a couple of years ago. He said

They have to come together as a group and see if they can get us back into the championship. At the moment, we’re just watching it unfold. It reminds me of 25 or 30 years ago and we’re all watching the championship again on the outside which isn’t good for the kids in terms of trying to promote hurling in the county. “We have quality players, we know that. But we’re not producing it at the moment and we’re not standing up.”

It remains to be seen who will take over as boss. The current favourite is Colm Bonnar at 9/4 but he is currently with Carlow. Next in the betting is Peter Queally at 3/1, while former boss Derek McGrath is 6/1 as is Brendan Cummins and Donal Og Cusack.

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