Liam Cahill will remain in charge of the Waterford senior hurlers for the 2022 season as the Tipperary native has turned down the opportunity to manage his own county.
There had been widespread speculation that Cahill would fill the position left vacant by Liam Sheedy following the Portroe’s man departure earlier this month, but Cahill has decided to continue his spell with Munster rivals Waterford for what will be a third year.
The Ballingarry clubman had previously been linked with the Tipperary job after Michael Ryan’s tenure had come to an end in 2018 but Liam Sheedy was eventually reassigned to the post after a successful first spell in charge that culminated in a famous All-Ireland final victory against Kilkenny in 2010.
It was Cahill’s Waterford side who ended Sheedy’s second coming as Tipp manager earlier this year with a convincing All-Ireland quarter-final victory in Páirc Uí Chaoimh.
Speaking after the confirmation that he had turned down the Tipperary job in favour of another year with Waterford, Cahill said: “The position of the Tipperary Senior Hurling manager is extremely attractive and one I did not take lightly.
“Mikey Bevans and I felt duty bound to give careful consideration to Waterford after their response to us in the past two years.
“I fully understand that this decision will please some but deeply disappoint others.”
Cahill has agreed to a 12-month term with the Deise.
He guided Waterford to Munster and All-Ireland finals in 2020, losing to Limerick in both deciders.
2021 saw the Suirsiders recover from a disappointing Munster quarter-final defeat to Clare with an impressive run to the All-Ireland semi-finals which included defeats of Galway and Tipperary.
However, once again Limerick proved too strong for Cahill’s men as their 62-year wait for the Liam McCarthy Cup continued.