Kilkenny have been knocked out of the championship at the qualifier stage for the first time ever and naturally questions about Brian Cody’s future are being raised.
Will he call it a day? Will he stay on for one more year?
Cody has been in charge of the Cats since 1998 and his illustrious record speaks for itself. Eleven All-Irelands, 15 Leinster championships, eight National League’s. Not a bad haul.
For certain, the man has earned the right to call time on his career as an inter-county manager whenever he sees fit.
However, before any decision on retirement is made for Cody, he could be facing the wrath of a GAA disciplinary board for his actions during Saturday night’s thrilling qualifier loss to Waterford. A potential twelve week ban could be incoming for the legendary bainisteoir, if he does decide to prolong his tenure.
While attempting to remonstrate with his Déise counterpart, Derek McGrath, in the midst of a heated disagreement between the pair, the Kilkenny boss appeared to handle the fourth official who had intervened. Judge for yourself with this slow motion clip:
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We have seen in recent weeks the saga and fallout following Diarmuid Connolly receiving a twelve week suspension for a similar act. These incidents are open to interpretation, as the level of aggression in the push/handling of the official must be taken into consideration.
Defendants of the Noreside legend will say there was no malice in his handling of the fourth official on Saturday night in Semple Stadium, where as the brigade looking to have Cody face the same punishment as Connolly and Tipperary football goalkeeper, Evan Comerford, (twelve weeks) will argue that the rules are the rules and a hands was laid on the official.
On last night’s Sunday Game, Michael Duignan and Anthony Daly weighed in on the subject. Both pundits are of the opinion that there was little force in Cody’s touching of the official and that there was no aggressive intent shown by Cody towards him, which sets this case apart from the likes of Connolly and Comerford’s.
Check out the panel’s analysis below:
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Watch this week’s episode of The 16th Man, where we will review the hurling qualifiers, live on the Pundit Arena GAA Facebook page at 7pm on Monday.