It’s going to a tough job for whoever gets the Waterford hurling managers role, as Munster hurling is very tough.
The man who Pauric Fanning replaced could well find himself in the Deise hotseat again. McGrath left his post in 2018 following a poor Munster Championship campaign but having led Waterford to the All-Ireland final in 2017 as well as National League success, the De La Salle man will certainly be the name on everyone’s lips. His relationship with the players is almost fatherly, and should he want to return, not many will stand in his way.
The Kilkenny legend has done wonderfully well in his time with Laois, guiding them to the All-Ireland quarter final plus having claimed the scalp of Dublin and the Joe McDonagh Cup. Laois have played fearless and exciting hurling this summer, and with the talent at his disposal in Waterford, Brennan could work wonders. Should an offer arrive, there’ll be no doubt he’ll mull it over.
The former Waterford captain has done very well in club management with Ballygunner, with the city side dominating the Waterford SHC in recent seasons as well as capturing last year’s Munster title with a shock win over Na Piarsaigh. As a part of successful sides, he knows exactly what it takes to make it to the top. Should he be able to make the transition to county management as faultlessly as with club, then he would put the county back in steady hands.
The man who guided many of the current Deise crop to minor success in 2013 and the All-Ireland u-21 crown in 2016 has been constantly recommended for his crack at senior with players he consistently brought the best out of. Power’s U-21 side are regarded as one of the best in history and given that he has achieved success with the said players, a crack at senior level may well prove a risk worth taking for the Waterford county board.
An outside shout to say the least, but the Lismore man was a regular on the side-lines during the Derek McGrath era, and again is someone who knows the squad inside-out and could get the forwards firing. Shanahan is yet to make a foray into management so an appointment would be unlikely, but stranger things have happened, and it would be a popular pick with fans given his cult-hero status in the Deise.
Whoever picks up the role, they’ve got a job on their hands – but there are plenty of worthy contenders who can bring out the best in these players.