Saturday 3 December 2016

Confirmed: Brian Cody ratified to return for 19th season as Kilkenny manager as backroom team put in place

Published 14/11/2016 | 20:38

Brian Cody shows his delight after Kilkenny's pulsating replay victory over Waterford. Photo: Sportsfile
Brian Cody shows his delight after Kilkenny's pulsating replay victory over Waterford. Photo: Sportsfile

Brian Cody will return to the Kilkenny sideline in 2017 after he and his backroom staff were ratified for another season.

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Cody, who has won 11 All-Ireland titles from 18 seasons in charge, wouldn't confirm whether he would come back for a 19th year following Kilkenny's final defeat to Tipperary in September, but it was widely expected that he would continue.

The county board this evening made the decision to rubberstamp Cody as he looks to rebound from the loss to the Premier County.

Also ratified alongside Cody were three members of his backroom team, James McGarry, Mick Dempsey and Derek Lyng. It had been reported that McGarry, a former goalkeeper under Cody and an All-Ireland club title winner as a manager with Ballyhale Shamrocks, might step away but he returns for 2017 also.

Kilkenny's three in-a-row bid was scuppered by Tipperary in comprehensive fashion in 2016, but Cody is back to once again try and reinvent his side in order to challenge for top honours once again.

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