Páraic Fanning has resigned from his position as Waterford hurling manager after just one year in charge, citing personal reasons for his decision.
The Mount Sion man succeeded Derek McGrath on a two-year term last September but the Déise endured a miserable Munster SHC campaign that saw them lose all four games and finish with a scoring difference of -52.
Hopes were high that the former selector with Davy Fitzgerald at Wexford could help the 2017 All-Ireland finalists challenge for honours again and they qualified for the Allianz Hurling League final in March.
That ended in an eight-point loss to Limerick, however, and a narrow loss at home to Clare in the first round of Championship was as good as it got for his team.
Fanning said in a statement: "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.
"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."
Waterford GAA thanked Fanning and selectors James Murray and Pa Kearney for their "tremendous work, commitment and dedication" and said: "A process will now be put in place for the appointment of a new Senior Hurling Team Management."
Fanning's departure follows that of John Meyler from Cork and Joe Quaid from Westmeath in July.