Sunday 11 December 2016

Cody deserves better than Loughnane barbs - Quinn

Published 02/12/2016 | 02:30

Kilkenny manager Brian Cody (pictured) has received the backing of Kilkenny County Board chairman Ned Quinn. Photo: Sportsfile
Kilkenny manager Brian Cody (pictured) has received the backing of Kilkenny County Board chairman Ned Quinn. Photo: Sportsfile

Brian Cody deserves better than to have his decision to remain on as Kilkenny hurling manager described as a "mistake" by Ger Loughnane.

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Kilkenny County Board chairman Ned Quinn was reacting to comments made by the former Clare and Galway manager in his 'Irish Daily Star' column earlier this week which questioned the wisdom of the 11-time All-Ireland winning manager staying on for a 19th year in charge.

Cody was ratified for another term earlier this month and will keep the same backroom in place that has brought two of the last three All-Ireland titles back to Noreside.

But defeat to Tipperary should have precipitated Loughnane's departure, according to Loughnane, who asked if Cody now thought he was indispensable.

Quinn feels that is disrespectful to a man who has brought so much to hurling.

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"I was disappointed. I think Brian Cody deserves better than that. He (Loughnane) is probably looking for a reaction and I'm probably giving him one."

Quinn said Loughnane's comments about Kilkenny earlier this year being "functional" could be taken but singling out Cody was different.

"What Brian Cody has done for Kilkenny and for hurling," he said. "What people don't fully realise is that he is still involved with his school team, he's a selector with James Stephens and yet still managing Kilkenny. The man gives his life to hurling and I don't think fellas should be calling him out like that."

Quinn added that Cody's record of reaching 15 All-Ireland finals out of 18, winning 11, is "not too bad".

Loughnane acknowledged that Cody might well be the "greatest hurling personality of all" but felt he was overstaying his welcome.

Irish Independent

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