Thursday 23 November 2017

Former Kilkenny boss rubbishes claim that Brian Cody should move from the sideline to the boardroom

Brian Cody
Brian Cody
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Former Kilkenny manager Kevin Fennelly has rubbished a suggestion from 1993 All-Ireland winning captain Eddie O'Connor that Brian Cody should step aside and let DJ Carey take over as boss of the Cats.

O'Connor wants Cody, who was ratified by the Kilkenny county board for another year in charge last month, to end his 19-year reign and take up a role as chairman of the board.

The Glenmore man said: "A major shake-up is needed, with Brian Cody moving upstairs and DJ coming in as team manager.

"A lot of players do need a change but more so at county board level, where Brian would be a huge ambassador and who better to lead from the front as chairman?

"Far be it from me to tell Brian Cody what to do but I feel it's time for the great man to move upstairs, to take over as chairman of the Kilkenny County Board, where leadership is lacking."

Fennelly hit back at O'Connor's idea.

"Ah look, I wouldn’t be critical of the County Board or of the management in any shape of form, we have had 18 or 19 great years," he told KCLR radio today.

"It’s very easy for us fellows to sit on the fence and talk that kind of rubbish like. I mean it’s like when a team gets bet, everybody going out the gate know why they got bet and selectors get blamed, but nobody knows what goes on behind closed doors.

“I let it sit for a year, let the County Board have a chat. I mean the likes of Ned Quinn and the likes of Brian Cody, they owe us nothing.

“I enjoyed the last 18 years looking at them and watching the fruits of work they did and whatever they do, they won’t do the wrong thing anyway."

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