Saturday 18 November 2017

Brian Cody to return for 20th Kilkenny season as management team ratified for 2018

1 February 2014; The Kilkenny management team, left to right, James McGarry, Brian Cody, Michael Dempsey, and Derek Lyng, watch the cup presentation from the pitch. Bord na Mona Walsh Cup Final, Dublin v Kilkenny, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Dáire Brennan / SPORTSFILE
1 February 2014; The Kilkenny management team, left to right, James McGarry, Brian Cody, Michael Dempsey, and Derek Lyng, watch the cup presentation from the pitch. Bord na Mona Walsh Cup Final, Dublin v Kilkenny, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Dáire Brennan / SPORTSFILE
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Brian Cody will return as Kilkenny manager in 2018 after the county board ratified him and his management team to continue for another season.

Cody suffered his earliest championship exit in 2017 after Waterford beat the Cats in Round Two of the qualifiers, but Kilkenny showed great fight in mounting a late comeback and taking the contest to extra time.

The legendary manager has received plenty of support since the defeat and the county board have kept the faith with Cody, rubber-stamping a remarkable 20th season on the Kilkenny sideline.

James McGarry and Derek Lyng are set to continue as selectors while Mick Dempsey will stay on as the team's physical trainer. Cody has never gone three seasons without an All-Ireland title since his first campaign in 1999, but faces a tough task in once again rebuilding a team that appears short of the top sides.

Kilkenny did reach last Saturday's U21 final, but were comprehensively beaten by Limerick.

Cody has won 11 All-Ireland titles, 15 Leinster crowns and eight National Leagues in 19 seasons as Kilkenny manager.

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