Cody: Blame me for Kilkenny's failure to perform in 2017
Brian Cody insists that the blame for Kilkenny's failure to reach the levels of performance expected from them in 2017 must be shouldered by him and his management team.
Speaking at the centenary of the Top Oil Leinster Schools Championship in St Kieran's College, Cody (right) stated that it was management's responsibility to have the team prepared.
"I won't put my finger on exactly what it was, but it's always the responsibility of management to ensure that you are going out there ready to play," said Cody.
"Essentially, it was my responsibility. And the responsibility of the management team working together is to do as much as humanly possible to make us more competitive next year.
"That's going to be difficult obviously, because the level of competition out there now is very, very serious, which is great."
Cody will be without Paul Murphy and Colin Fennelly until May as they are on army duty but Michael Fennelly is expected to be available despite his injuries.
"He wants to play, and everyone wants him to, of course. He has a history of unfortunate injuries but, look, in his head he's hoping that he'll get on with it and get stuck into it again."