Kilkenny hurling fans will be purring this morning as they wake to the news that the Alex Ferguson of GAA, Brian Cody, has chosen to remain at the helm of Ireland’s great hurling dynasty for another year.
Cody has been in charge of Kilkenny since 1998 and in that time has led the Cats to unprecedented success. As he plans for a nineteenth season in charge, the 62-year-old is already GAA’s most successful manager in it’s 132 year history.
Despite losing the 2016 All-Ireland hurling final to arch-rivals Tipperary, Cody has amassed 11 All-Ireland titles, 15 Leinster titles and eight National Hurling League crowns.
Under the guidance of former school teacher, Kilkenny have been the dominant force for nearly two decades and despite the retirement of countless legends of the game in that time, Cody has continued to guide the county to glory.
According to NewsTalk Sport, Cody has already been ratified by the county board and will continue with the same backroom staff of Michael Dempsey, James McGarry and Derek Lyng.
While this announcement will be music to the ears of Kilkenny supporters, fans from the likes of Tipperary, Cork, Waterford and Clare will all be shaking their heads, wondering when retirement will beckon the genius manager.
Gary Brennan, Pundit Arena