Cody ratified as Cats boss
Brian Cody has been returned as the Kilkenny hurling manager for a 13th consecutive year.
His reappointment was a formality at last night's Kilkenny County Board meeting, where Adrian Ronan was appointed minor hurling manager, taking over from Richie Mulrooney, who has guided the county to two of the last three All-Ireland titles.
It's Ronan's first step into inter-county management, having guided Danesfort to an All-Ireland club title. Michael Walsh will remain on as U-21 hurling manager.
Kilkenny only appoint their managers for one-year terms and with Cody, in charge since late 1998, the reappointments have always been smooth.
Meanwhile, two of the managers who guided Portumna to All-Ireland club success will tonight battle it out to become the Galway U-21 hurling manager for next year. Jimmy Heverin and his successor Johnny Kelly, who between them steered Portumna to five Galway SHC titles and three All-Ireland club crowns, have both been nominated for the position.
Outgoing boss Anthony Cunningham, a former All-Ireland-winning minor and U-21 captain, has also been nominated.
All three names will be put before delegates in a vote at a meeting of the Galway hurling board this evening.
Meanwhile, Matt Murphy will again take charge of the Galway minor hurling team in 2011 after being the only person to be nominated; he is due to be ratified tonight.