It is being reported today that Brian Cody will decide to stay on as manager of the Kilkenny senior hurling team.
The Cats have been in a transitional period over the last two years but 2018 was promising as Cody’s side claimed a league title, in addition to losing to eventual champions Limerick by just two points in the All-Ireland quarter-final.
Promising players like Martin Keoghan and Billy Ryan have gained invaluable championship experience which will only help them and their team going forward.
Cody first took charge of the senior side in 1999 and has won 11 All-Ireland titles in that period, he is closing in on Sean Boylan’s record of 24 seasons with the Meath footballers.
The Irish Independent reports that it is still unclear whether Cody’s backroom team of Mick Dempsey, Derek Lyng and James McGarry will undergo any changes but that manager himself will confirm in the coming weeks that he will stay on.
It is also understood that captain Cillian Buckley will be unavailable for the 2019 league campaign as he takes time out of the game to rehabilitate an ongoing knee injury.
Kilkenny will get their Allianz League defence underway at home against Cork on January 27. The provisional fixtures of 2019 league campaign can be viewed here.