In an interesting interview with today’s Irish Independent, former Kilkenny hurler Eddie O’Connor has stated that a number of Kilkenny hurlers would like to see a change in management.
The former All-Ireland winning captain has made a number of outlandish claims in regards to the set-up in the south-east.
Eddie O’Connor feels that despite Brian Cody’s outstanding record, it’s time for a change in the set-up.
However, O’Connor feels that Brian Cody would still have a massive role to play in the Marble County. The Glenmore clubman sees a role as county board chairman as more suited to Cody.
In terms of a replacement, Eddie O’Connor sees just one option. DJ Carey is the best suited for the position in the eyes of the former All-Ireland winner.
Eddie Brennan would not be as ideal a fit as O’Connor’s former teammate DJ Carey in the eyes of the often outspoken retired hurler.
“A major shake-up is needed, with Brian Cody moving upstairs and DJ coming in as team manager.
“A lot of players do need a change but more so at county board level, where Brian would be a huge ambassador and who better to lead from the front as chairman?
“Far be it from me to tell Brian Cody what to do but I feel it’s time for the great man to move upstairs, to take over as chairman of the Kilkenny County Board, where leadership is lacking.”
O’Connor went further with his idea claiming it is the switch that most would like to see happen in Kilkenny.
He is unlikely to get any thank you cards from the current panel however as he went on to claim that speaking privately to a number of players they also wish to see change.
“I’d love to see my former playing colleague DJ in a management capacity. That would be my dream team – the greatest manager of all time running the county board and the greatest player of all time managing the hurlers.
“From speaking to a number of players and supporters around the county, publicly they don’t look for change but privately, the vast majority would like to see a change.
Brian Cody will enter 2018 in a completely different scenario than he is used to. Very few sides will fear the cats as they whimpered out of 2017.
Half the mystique revolving around Kilkenny in previous years was the aura of invincibility. With this now gone, it will be interesting to see how the underdog tag is handled.
2018 will be Brian Cody’s 20th year in charge of his native Kilkenny, and Cody will be hoping it’s a memorable one.
However, if Eddie O’Connor has his way, it will be the last time we see Brian Cody patrolling the line for the Cats.
Make sure to check out the latest episode of The 16th Man podcast, where we hear from Marc Ó Sé as we look ahead to the All-Ireland football final.