Sunday 4 December 2016

Kilkenny 1, Others 88 - Cody faces new test on familiar stage

Published 02/07/2016 | 02:30

Micheál Donoghue will become the seventh Galway manager to test himself against Cody in tomorrow’s Leinster final. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Micheál Donoghue will become the seventh Galway manager to test himself against Cody in tomorrow’s Leinster final. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

It's one occasion when less is very definitely more from a Kilkenny viewpoint, as Brian Cody's longevity testifies.

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As he takes his term at the helm through an 18th season, 11 of Kilkenny's rivals in that period have had a total of 88 managers.

It's a remarkable imbalance, underlining the marked difference between Kilkenny and the rest of the hurling world.

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Micheál Donoghue will become the seventh Galway manager to test himself against Cody (right) in tomorrow's Leinster final. Three of his predecessors - Noel Lane (2001), Conor Hayes (2005) and Anthony Cunningham (2012) - are in the small club who enjoyed Championship wins over Kilkenny during Cody's time. Waterford have had the fewest number (five) of managers in that period.

Here's how Kilkenny's rivals have been managed since 1999:

10 Limerick - E Cregan, D Keane, PJ Whelahan, J McKenna, R Bennis, J McCarthy, D O'Grady, J Allen, TJ Ryan/D O'Grady, TJ Ryan.

10 Laois - P Horan, S Cuddy, P Delaney, P Butler, D Cahill, D Fox, N Rigney, B Fennelly, T McCarthy, S Plunkett.

9 Cork - J Barry-Murphy (two terms 1996-2000; 2012-15), T Cashman, B óg Murphy, D O'Grady, J Allen, G McCarthy, K Kingston, J Considine *, D Walsh. * Interim manager, March 2009.

9 Offaly - M Bond, P Fleury, Fr T Fogarty, M McNamara, J McIntyre, J Dooley, O Baker, B Whelahan, E Kelly.

9 Antrim - S Elliot, S McNaughton, D Cahill (two separate stints), J McKernan, S McNaughton, J Wallis, J Nelson (interim, summer 2012), K Ryan, PJ O'Mullan.

8 Tipperary - N English, M Doyle, K Hogan, B Keating, L Sheedy, D Ryan, E O'Shea, M Ryan.

7 Clare - G Loughnane, C Lyons, A Daly, T Considine, M McNamara, G O'Loughlin, D Fitzgerald.

7 Dublin - M O'Grady, K Fennelly, M Morris, H Kelleher, T Naughton, A Daly, G Cunningham.

7 Wexford - J Kelly, T Dempsey, J Conran, S Murphy, J Meyler, C Bonnar, L Dunne.

7 Galway - M Murphy, N Lane, C Hayes, G Loughnane, J McIntyre, A Cunningham, M Donoghue.

5 Waterford - G McCarthy, J McCarthy, D Fitzgerald, M Ryan, D McGrath.

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