Sure enough, it didn’t take long with the Clare native having announced his departure from the Cork senior camogie setup at the weekend but there was an air of inevitability about this one.
11 years on from his first spell in charge of the Déise, Fitzgerald was ratified as the new senior hurling manager on Thursday evening by the Waterford county board who released the following statement.
“Waterford GAA are delighted to announce that following a meeting of the Waterford County Committee tonight, Davy Fitzgerald has been ratified as the new Waterford Senior Hurling Manager on a two-year term with an option for a third year. Selectors and backroom team will be confirmed at a later date.
Fitzgerald departed Waterford in 2011, one season on from having guided the Déise to their last Munster senior hurling title. Waterford have been on the hunt for a new senior hurling manager since Liam Cahill stepped down from the role in mid July before taking up with Tipperary. It’s understood the Sixmilebridge had a meeting with Waterford’s selection panel on Tuesday before accepting the offer of a two-year term with the option of a third year on Wednesday.
The past season has been spent as a selector and coach under Matthew Twomey with the Cork senior camogie team, narrowly beaten by Kilkenny to the O’Duffy Cup on Sunday last. His arrangement with Cork was a one-year-deal only, following his departure after five years at the helm of the Wexford senior hurlers.
After sealing this year’s national hurling league Division 1 title, Waterford were tipped for a bumper year but failed to find any real form in the Munster championship, winning just one game from four.