'Asking whether Brian Cody should end Kilkenny reign is the most idiotic question of all time'
Questions surrounding the future of Kilkenny manager Brian Cody have been reverberating ever since the final whistle at Semple Stadium on Saturday evening.
A first Championship defeat to Waterford since 1959 will not be the way one of the greatest managerial careers in GAA history should end but the speculation has been rife.
It is the earliest Championship exit of his 19 years in charge of the Cats and the haemorrhaging of star players in recent years has made the task of launching a serious All-Ireland challenge more difficult.
There were signs of the Kilkenny of old returning at the weekend with the incredible resolve evident as they fought back from eight points down with 11 minutes to go to force extra time.
Speaking on Independent.ie GAA Podcast The Throw-In, Irish Independent GAA correspondent Martin Breheny believes any chat of getting rid of Cody is 'idiotic' and a longer summer break could be beneficial to the older players in the Kilkenny squad.
"For the first time since 1996, they are gone out of the championship this early. That's huge for the whole hurling championship," he said.
"Every year they have got stronger and stronger and you wonder if they had won on Saturday, would that have happened?
"Now you'll hear the inevitable questions about whether Brian Cody should continue or not? Which has to be the most idiotic question of all-time really.
"If he wants to continue, it's a given obviously and why shouldn't he. they're still right up there. They lost to Waterford in extra time last year it went to a replay.
"There hasn't been much between Kilkenny and the other teams in the last number of years, even when they were winning All-Irelands.
"The interesting thing is that losing at this stage of the competition might be a good thing in a sense of losing now rather than in a semi-final or final. It gives a lot of those fellas who have been on the road for year after year a longer summer break to come back fresh in the new year.
The likes of TJ Reid and Richie Hogan, they have never known a year when they have been free of inter-county hurling this early. It's extraordinary when you think of it.
"I think they'll be back next year, right up in the top three or four."
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