Cody to steer Kilkenny ship for record 14th season
Published 15/11/2011 | 05:00
BRIAN CODY has been reappointed Kilkenny senior hurling manager for a record 14th season.
As expected, the James Stephens clubman was ratified for a new term with customary unanimity and little fuss at a county board meeting last night -- as was his back-room team of Martin Fogarty and Martin Dempsey.
A two-time All Star who captained his county to an All-Ireland triumph as a player, Cody first took the reins from Kevin Fennelly in November 1998.
Since then, he has led the Cats to total domination of the modern game, winning the All-Ireland eight times (2000, '02, '03, '06-'09 and 2011) during his 13-year reign. Kilkenny completed a league-championship double in four of those seasons and won a fifth league title in 2005.
When their bid for a five-in-a-row was foiled by Tipperary last year, there were fears Cody might quit. But he stayed on and introduced a couple of new players in key positions which helped Kilkenny spectacularly overthrow Tipp to memorably return to the throne.
Cody has repeatedly said if he was not managing Kilkenny he would still be immersed in the game at club or underage level but he clearly still has the appetite for the elite inter-county game and all the pressures that brings.
Meanwhile, Roscommon will unveil former county player Des Newton as their new senior football manager at a county board meeting on Thursday.
Newton, who is based in Dublin and has served as a selector with Kilmacud Crokes in recent seasons, will replace Fergal O'Donnell, who stepped down this summer. It is believed another former county star, Enon Gavin, will be among Newtown's new back-room team.
Nigel Dinneen will also be confirmed as the county's new U-21 football boss and his back-room team is expected to include Eddie Lohan (Kilbride), Denis Gavin (Clanna na Gael) and Basil Mannion (St Brigid's).
Newton's appointment means Fermanagh will be the only county who have still to confirm their senior football manager for the 2012 season. The Ernesiders have yet to select a replacement for John O'Neill, who stepped down after a turbulent year in charge which saw many of the county's top players withdraw their services.
Fermanagh have recruited Pete McGrath as part of their five-man appointment committee and they are expected to interview all those nominated this Thursday before naming their recommendation at Monday's county board meeting.
They have been particularly tight-lipped about the nominees but seven men are believed to have been proposed, including Tyrone legend Peter Canavan, former Fermanagh manager Dominic Corrigan and ex-Derry manager Paddy Crozier, as well as locals Peter Clarke and Darren Chapman.