Tuesday 13 November 2018

Brian Cody confirmed as Kilkenny manager for 21st season with backroom team set to return

15 July 2018; Kilkenny manager Brian Cody during the GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Quarter-Final match between Kilkenny and Limerick at Semple Stadium in Thurles, Co Tipperary Photo by Ray McManus/Sportsfile
15 July 2018; Kilkenny manager Brian Cody during the GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Quarter-Final match between Kilkenny and Limerick at Semple Stadium in Thurles, Co Tipperary Photo by Ray McManus/Sportsfile
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Brian Cody has been ratified as Kilkenny manager for the 2019 season, which will be his 21st campaign at the helm.

Cody has won 11 All-Ireland titles since taking over prior to the 1999 season, and is seeking to to dethrone Limerick next year after coming up one point short against the Treaty county in the All-Ireland quarter-final in 2018.

Although Kilkenny haven't won an All-Ireland title since 2015, this year saw a surge of optimism in the county after their young team claimed the National League crown with an emphatic final win over Tipperary.

Kilkenny then forced a replay in the Leinster final against Galway before bowing out of the championship following a dramatic defeat against Limerick.

Cody will return along with selectors Derek Lyng and James McGarry - who both won multiple All-Ireland medals under Cody as players. Mick Dempsey will also return as the team trainer.

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