Waterford senior hurling manager Paraic Fanning has stepped down from his role according to GAA.ie and a statement on Friday evening confirmed the news.
The statement read:
“Waterford GAA wish to announce that Paraic Fanning has today informed the Executive that he has stepped down from the position as Manager of the Waterford Senior Hurling team with immediate effect along with his selectors James Murray and Pa Kearney “.
The statement released went on to thank Fanning for his work as managers “All in Waterford GAA wish to sincerely thank Paraic, James and Pa for their tremendous work, commitment and dedication to the Waterford Senior Hurling team over the past twelve months which culminated in a return to the top tier of the Allianz National League and the Allianz League Final”. Waterford GAA would like to wish Paraic, James and Pa every success in their future endeavours. A process will now be put in place for the appointment of a new Senior Hurling Team Management.
Paraic Fanning also released a statement in which he thanks the county board officers, he also thanked the players and his backroom team “In stepping down as Manager I want to thank CLG Phort Láirge and in particular the officers of the board for the opportunity, support and encouragement I received during my term in charge. I particularly want thank the players for the sacrifices they made for Waterford throughout the season. While the Championship was very disappointing it does not reflect the time and effort put in by all concerned. Finally, I want to thank my backroom team for the selfless work and effort they put into the entire 2019 season”. “This has not been an easy decision and there are many challenges ahead. In reflecting on the disappointment of the Championship of 2019 and looking at 2020 I do not find myself in a position to undertake these challenges for personal reasons. I wish all involved every success and I look forward to supporting all our teams for many years to come.
It remains to be seen who will now come back to replace Fanning. Will Dan Shanahan give it a go after been selector to Derek McGrath, or indeed will Derek McGrath come back for another stint in charge. Only time will tell of course.