Derek McGrath has ruled out a return to the Déise hot seat.

The De La Salle man was in charge of the Waterford hurlers for five seasons from 2014 to 2018, leading them to an Allianz Hurling League title in 2015 and the All-Ireland final in 2017, where they lost to Galway.

Since stepping down in 2018, McGrath has worked as an analyst for RTÉ and suggested last week that he was "thinking about" putting his name forward to succeed Paraic Fanning, who resigned earlier this month after Waterford lost all four of their Championship games in his debut season in charge.

However, writing in today's Irish Examiner, McGrath confirmed that he would not be applying for the vacant position.

"I have been really impressed with the makeup of the committee put in place to pick a new Waterford manager," he wrote.

"All five members bring a huge level of experience and expertise to the role. Having momentarily thought about the position I have decided against putting my name forward. I wish prospective candidates well."

Former inter-county stars Stephen Frampton and Tom Feeney will reportedly be part of the aforementioned selection committee, along with county secretary Pat Flynn, vice-chairman Sean Michael O’Regan and Irial Mac Murchú, CEO of Nemeton TV, who produce sports coverage for TG4.

Mattie Kenny

Elswhere, Dublin manager Mattie Kenny has told the Irish Independent that he will be sticking with the Sky Blues, despite the manager's role in his native Galway becoming available.

Kenny, a former Galway selector and minor manager, had been installed as the favourite to replace Micheál Donoghue following the latter's surprise departure earlier this week.

However, Kenny is apparently determined to fulfil his three-year term with Dublin, who knocked Galway out of the Leinster Championship on the final day of the round-robin before suffering a shock defeat to Laois.

All-Ireland minor winning managers Jeffrey Lynskey and Brian Hanley are both believed to be strong candidates to succeed Donoghue.