Monday 19 August 2019

Reid hails Cody's form of player power

Kilkenny hurler TJ Reid
Kilkenny hurler TJ Reid
Michael Verney

Michael Verney

TJ Reid has expressed surprise at the "messy" resignation of Anthony Cunningham and feels Brian Cody's player-centric environment is the perfect recipe for success.

Reid couldn't imagine Galway's player revolt when they trailed Cunningham's side by three points at half-time in this year's All-Ireland final.

"Sure you don't know what goes on behind closed doors. They could have been fighting all year. Who knows? Certainly we don't. At half-time we were only concentrating on ourselves," the Ballyhale ace said.

"Obviously the players don't have the respect for Anthony Cunningham. He's after driving Galway close to two All-Irelands.

"It's a very messy situation, so it is. You could be putting a lot of pressure on yourself and the players, doing that. We're very lucky that we have Brian and the county board has the backing of the players and of Brian Cody."

The 28-year-old believes Kilkenny are lucky to have the 11-time All-Ireland-winning manager and a co-operative focus.

"It's not all about Brian Cody, it's the selectors, the fitness and conditioning and nutritionist and everyone plays a part, the county board as well looking after us.

"I think Kilkenny are probably one of the best looked-after teams out there. When you have that backing, the players will respond to it and they will give it 100pc."

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With all the talk of player power, Reid hailed Cody's greatest strength to be the empowerment of his players. The Hurler of the Year craves that responsibility, and his team-mates thrive on it.

"I think 80pc of it is the players and 20pc the manager that's driving it. If the players aren't driving it and motivating themselves, you have nothing," he said.

"Brian is just there to keep us on our toes and keep driving us on in training. He loves the competition and he loves getting us ready for all of those big challenges.

"I suppose we're winning, that's the key. If we were losing he mightn't be there, who knows? He has a few secrets up his sleeve to keep us going and keep us motivated."

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